According to media reports, Brussels is blackmailing Aleksandar Vucic, through official diplomatic channels, into continuing talks with Kosovo in exchange for Serbia opening new accession negotiation chapters. Vucic is thought to have declined “the offer”.
As the Belgrade media report, Brussels is putting pressure on Belgrade in order to make him play “by the rules dictated by Pristina”. Serbia and President Vucic are asked to return to the dialogue, despite Pristina’s failure to fulfil any of its obligations under the Brussels Agreement.
“This is a scandalous request, forwarded by diplomatic channels, which in turn, will allow Serbia to open its three (EU accession) negotiating chapters with the EU,” a source told Srpski Telegraf.
As the Vecernje Novosti daily writes, official Belgrade will not agree to this blackmail even at the risk of the EU integration process being stopped for an indefinite period of time. This is, according to the newspaper, the firm position of Belgrade, after “the indecent proposal” sent to the president.
The Serbian EU Integration Minister, Jadranka Joksimovic, told Vecernje Novosti that Serbia, in relation to the implemented activities in the field of the rule of law, namely chapters 23 and 24, deserved to have at least three new chapters opened, out of the seven that it had prepared.
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“Under the current circumstances, the stick and carrot policy has become obsolete and I hope that the EU and the member states, which have more political tact, will treat Serbia as a serious candidate and a reliable partner and thus send a better message to our citizens. We, as in government, are conducting reforms – sometimes faster, sometimes slower – but, regardless, we are making progress and that should be recognized in a credible way by the EU and the member states,” Joksimovic said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Rasim Ljajic believes that “the old schematic continues – Brussels is not putting pressure on those it should, but on whoever it could.”
“In this way, Brussels loses the status of a mediator in the dialogue and violates its own credibility,” Ljajic said.
“This is not about Pristina’s failure to implement the agreements reached so far, but rather Pristina putting up new obstacles for political reasons that will harm everyone. This kind of move is jeopardizing the entire dialogue and the process of normalization of relations between the Serbs and the Albanians”, Ljajic added.
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