Despite Scholz's “strong” request to join sanctions against Russia, Serbia will not do so, Vučić said. Belgrade is sure that such actions are ineffective and will resist the pressure “while they can” .jpg” alt=”Vucic explained the lifting of sanctions against Russia at the request of Scholz” />
Despite the position of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the European Union as a whole, Serbia does not intend to impose restrictive measures against Russia, because he does not consider such a policy to be effective, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said at a press conference, Reuters reports.
“As for sanctions, we have a different position. <…> We are mindful of the sanctions [against Serbia] and do not consider the sanctions to be effective,— said the President of Serbia.
Vucic also said that Scholz “clearly and sharply” asked him to impose sanctions against Russia, joining the measures of the European Union. According to the Kurir portal, he added that he clarified to Scholz the economic situation of Serbia: that is, energy ties with Russia, as well as traditional and historical relations with this country.
At the same time, the Serbian President noted the importance of Germany for the country, calling it the most important economic partner of Belgrade, the volume of trade with the German side in the first four months of this year was 25.7% higher than the same period last year. Exports from Germany have reached €7.5 billion this year.
“The importance of Germany in the economic sense is enormous. She is the first in support, the first in the exchange of services, in import and export, & mdash; he concluded.
Russia — Serbia's third largest trading partner, its share in the country's trade turnover is 7%. In 2016, the trade turnover between Moscow and Belgrade was equal to €2.3 billion, with the EU in 2016 the trade turnover amounted to €20 billion.
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Belgrade will resist sanctions against Moscow “for as long as it can,” Vučić warned in mid-May. According to him, Serbia is facing the consequences of its stance on sanctions, in particular the lack of access to the capital market and difficulties in servicing loans. “Everyone will say: Vucic announces the imposition of sanctions. No. We will resist,— emphasized the President of Serbia.
Vučić emphasized that Serbia's position is not anti-Western or Russophobic, despite being surrounded by NATO countries. He compared the state to a “small island”. “Some people call it a problem. What is the problem in trusting our people, the heroic genes of our citizens, and that we are able to defend our land and want to have the right to defend our borders, our country, have our own military and protect our sky, — he explained.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic had earlier urged Serbia to stop “sitting on two chairs.” and take a position. “Serbia has to be very careful [and decide] which side it chooses and supports if it has ambitions to join the EU”, — he declared. Vučić, in response, drew attention to the fact that this statement was made in a mentoring tone, and not a good neighborly one. He added: “They don't say I wish our Serbian friends were with us in something. It would be different words».
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politician, Federal Chancellor of Germany, member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
June 14, 1958
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