EU again appeals to Serbia to impose sanctions against Russia

The European Union (EU) once again called on Serbia to impose sanctions on Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine, after Belgrade hosted Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, reports Radio Free Europe (RFE).

“The European Union has been crystal clear with our partners: relations with Russia cannot be business as usual with Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified aggressive war against Ukraine,” an EU spokesperson said in a statement to RFE.

He added that the EU Council recognizes Serbia’s humanitarian and other aid to Ukraine, but also expects Serbia, as an EU candidate country, to align with European foreign and security policy.

In response to RFE’s inquiry, the U.S. State Department said that the United States “does not believe any country should give Russia a platform to promote its aggressive war against Ukraine.”

“The Western Balkans countries, as well as all of Europe, have an important stake in the outcome of Russia’s war against Ukraine, which threatens the foundations of the established international order and security. Therefore, it is of crucial importance that we continue to stand together in facing Russia’s aggression,” the State Department said.

The U.S. praised the support Serbia has so far extended to Ukraine.

Grushko met today with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, who stated on his Instagram account that they had a “good conversation” and reviewed “the overall bilateral relations between Serbia and the Russian Federation, assessing them as very good.”

Grushko also met with Serbia’s Foreign Minister Marko Đurić, and the previous day with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Police Ivica Dačić.

He also had meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Minister Nenad Popović, who are on the U.S. sanctions list due to their close ties with the Kremlin.

(Danas, 03.07.2024)

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