Washington and Moscow react to Serbian elections

The U.S. Department of State says the first reports had showed the 2016 parliamentary elections in Serbia to have been conducted in accordance with the law.

Source: Tanjug
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A polling station in Belgrade on Sunday (Tanjug)
A polling station in Belgrade on Sunday (Tanjug)

It added that the United States would work together with the Serbian government to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

"Congratulations to the Serbian people on the elections held yesterday. According to the first reports from the OSCE and the Council of Europe international observation mission, the procedures on election day were, in general, conducted in compliance with the law," said U.S. Department of State Spokesperson John Kirby.

"We are looking forward to working together with the Serbian government to further strengthen and improve relations between the U.S. and Serbia," Voice of America reported Kirby as saying.

On Monday, Moscow said it was "satisfied with the fact that the government policy aimed at boosting the strategic partnership with Russia has received majority support in the parliamentary elections in Serbia."

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement that Russia "notes with satisfaction that the early parliamentary, provincial and local elections in Serbia were held in a calm atmosphere and in compliance with the generally recognized standards and without significant violations as confirmed by international observers, including Russian representatives."

"We note with satisfaction that these results demonstrated that the Serbian government's policy, which gives special attention to strengthening the strategic partnership with Russia, has been supported by the majority of voters in recent years," the Russian news agency Tass cited the ministry as saying.

"We expect the formation of a new Serbian government after the official election results are announced. We expect the continuity in its work on the basis of positive results on the entire agenda of the Russian-Serbian relations reached previously," the ministry said.

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