Serbia "not balancing EU bid and Russia ties"

Serbia is not attempting to balance between its EU ambitions and its close ties with Russia, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has said.

Source: Tanjug

He spoke for the Business New Europe (, a Moscow-based English language magazine, Tanjug reported.

The article said that Vučić "implied that Serbia will not press forward with the construction of the controversial South Stream gas pipeline, until the issue is resolved between the EU and Russia."

“(South Stream) is between the EU and Russia - if they agree on this, we'll have it, we'll provide the project. If they don't have that agreement, we are not going to harm anyone, particularly not our European friends. We made a good contract with Russia, but we did not start any construction,” Vučić said.

“We are not balancing,” he stressed.

Vučić "expressed hope that Serbia will be able to join the EU in 2020, or perhaps in 2022, if we do our homework."

“It's not up to us, but we have to do everything, not to get mercy from the EU, but to be proud people from a proud country that will enter the EU, and that's why we are doing these reforms,” said Vučić.


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