PM denies there's "language of ultimatums"

Aleksandar Vučić said on Wednesday that "no one speaks the language of ultimatums to Serbia today - nor would he personally allow something of the kind."

Source: Tanjug

The prime minister made the statement while attending a ceremony at the Catholic Archdiocese in Belgrade to mark 100 years since Austria delivered its ultimatum to Serbia, which preceded the outbreak of the First World War.

Vučić's remarks came after a Belgrade daily reported that Serbia was given until September 1 to introduce sanctions against Russia, and that this "ultimatum" came from "Euro-Atlantic powers."

"The Serbian government has a policy of EU integration, it also received the trust of the Serbian citizens to pursue a policy of good relations with the Russian Federation and the government of Serbia will conduct such a policy," Vučić told reporters when asked to comment on the article.

"Our friends do not speak to us using the language of ultimatums. Nobody talks to me that way, and I would rather not be president of the Serbian government than allow something of that kind," he added after planting "a tree of peace" at the Archdiocese, which served as Austria-Hungary's diplomatic mission in Belgrade during the 1914 crisis.

Vučić further remarked that "there are certainly different visions about certain things, such as South Stream," but pointed out that "Serbia, too, has a few questions."

The gas pipeline, he continued, "is a good contract for us":

"Whether the gas flows or not, it secures EUR 350 million for us and let somebody tell me where else we're going to earn those 350 million".

"Let someone tells us how to explain this to our citizens," said Vučić.

He added that Serbia is "on the European path which it will not give up," and that "there will be things that it may not be able to respond to in line with expectations, but will try." The prime minister "emphasized that we are aware that we have great responsibilities," Tanjug reported.

Vučić said that he plans to present the results of his government so far by August 4, which he said would show that " 95 percent of what was promised" as he took over has been accomplished.


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