"Patriotic bloc" set up, cooperation with SRS not ruled out
The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) and the Dveri Movement set up "an opposition patriotic block" on Monday which opposes Serbia's EU and NATO membership.Source: Tanjug
The bloc "advocates economic patriotism, intensified cooperation with Russia and defense of the Serbian Constitution."
Neither party is represented in the current Serbian parliament.
At the first joint news conference in the DSS headquarters, DSS leader Sanda Raškovic-Ivić and Dveri Movement head Boško Obradović noted that "Kosovo is part of Serbia and Crimea belongs in Russia" while the Serbian government should recognize Russia and its constitutional boundaries.
Noting that Serbia and the fight against current government are the most important points for the national bloc, Raškovic-Ivić said that the patriotic bloc is ready to discuss cooperation with leader of the Serb Radical Party (SRS) Vojislav Šešelj - "but only after they see the course his policy would take."
She said that the patriotic bloc, which also has certain prominent intellectuals as its members, is determined in its opposition to the country's EU and NATO membership and advocates strengthening of economic and political cooperation with Russia.
Speaking about Kosovo and Metohija, the DSS leader said that the Serbian Constitution represents the last line of defense from the country's disintegration.
Noting that the Serbian government is leading the country "to a demagogic, economic and social failure" Obradović said that cooperation of the opposition and foundation of the patriotic bloc represent "an important moment in Serbia's history."
It is time for patriotic forces to unite and change the government in Serbia, Obradović said and noted that there is no opposition in the Serbian parliament and that the true opposition is outside it.
He also called on "all Serbian patriots" to join the new political alliance.