June 9, 2023

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The Serbian president defends his decision not to ban Russia

Despite a barrage of criticism that he has lost because of his refusal to impose sanctions on Russia, Serbian President Alexander Vuிக்i recalled in an interview with TV Pink this Sunday that Moscow had “always supported Serbia’s regional integration since 2001”. He was proud that his government would give priority to the default of the country, even if it cost him dearly from a political point of view.

Vucic insists on making decisions that will benefit their own citizens, such as a potentially favorable agreement with Russia on gas supply. While Serbia is waiting for talks on this issue, the President hopes that, regardless of the future agreement, it will be “better than other EU countries”, although gas will not be “free” or pre-priced.

According to the Serbian president, his country is coping better with current difficulties and tensions than many other countries. “We did not tell anyone that we would turn off the heat, or that they would not bathe, or that there would be no wheat or corn,” he said, referring to reports from European politicians advising people to moderate their baths. Or power consumption to “displease Putin”.
“If I say anything against Putin, everyone will reward me.”

“If I want to be the number one hero in the world, even if I say anything against Putin, everyone will give me an award and say I’ve the greatest democrat in the world,” Vusick justified. “It is not my job to endanger Serbia,” he added.

Not only did he refuse to allow Moscow, but he also spoke out against the tendency to abolish Russian culture, especially its classic and outstanding historians, such as Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky or Soviet Marshal Zhukov. “Should Shakespeare be removed because the British were sending weapons to the Albanians?” He asked.

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Vucic denounced that they face a “pathological hypocrisy” that is “everywhere” from a legal point of view. Their military offensive in Ukraine should be ashamed.

“Is the value of life in Serbia low?”

In that sense, the President wondered if anyone had helped Serbia or canceled flights during the 19 NATO invasion of former Yugoslavia in 1999. “Is the value of life in Serbia low?”

The Serbian President also recalled that UN Resolution 1244 prohibits the shipment of arms to Kosovo, where a NATO-led KFOR is planning the presence of a single military force aimed at guaranteeing stability in the region. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Lukashenko’s government, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer.