Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic criticized the European Union for “hypocrisy’’ after declaring the Catalan referendum on independence illegal, saying that the bloc was using a “double standard” in regards to Kosovo.
Belgrade-based newspaper Blic reported that Vucic called Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and members of her government as well as members of the security services for urgent consultations on the situation after European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said in Brussels that comparisons between Spain and Serbia couldn’t be drawn because “Spain is a member state.’’
Serbia wants to know if there are different international laws in place for EU members and non-EU states, Brnabic said after the meeting called by Vucic.
“Being deeply committed to EU membership, Serbia has the right to know if the same norms are valid for all,’’ she said. “Alternatively, they can, I guess, say sorry, we made a mistake, but we will not go back to the past, we made a mistake and we apologize to the Serbian state and its people,’’ she said. The third option would be to discuss if “that Kosovo’s independence stands.’’
Spain sent in police to disrupt voting in Catalan in an unofficial independence referendum on Sunday, leading to violence and scores of injuries.
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