Vučić:”There will be major changes in Serbia’s foreign policy”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday that he discussed changes to the country’s foreign policy at a meeting with the government.

The president took part in a meeting of Prime Minister Ana Brnabic’s cabinet in the Palace of Serbia in Novi Beograd, a venue where the government does not usually meet.

“There will be deep, fundamental changes to Serbia’s foreign policy,” he said commenting Monday’s vote in the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee of Ministers on Kosovo’s application to join the organization. Vucic said he is grateful to all the countries that voted against the proposal, especially Hungary.

“We talked about what we will do and how we will behave at the government meeting,” he added. According to the president, official Belgrade has to show more respect for friendly countries.

“We are talking about a defence and security strategy and we have no coherent foreign policy strategy. We will take care of bilateral policy without stepping out of the framework of reciprocity in foreign policy,” he said, adding that this means a responsible attitude towards the country.

“Why should we protect someone’s territorial integrity if they are opposed to ours,” Vucic said.

Apropos voting on the Council of Europe voting on Kosovo joining that organization, Serbian PM, Ana Brnabić refused to participate in the Economic Forum in Delphi due to Greece’s neutral position in the Council of Europe, Sputnik News learned from diplomatic sources.

Representatives of 33 countries voted for Kosovo to join the Council of Europe, seven were against (Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania, Cyprus, Spain and Hungary), while five abstained (Greece, Slovakia, Moldova, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Armenia did not vote.

Regarding the Greek position on the vote in the Council of Europe, the former Greek Foreign Minister, Giorgos Katrougalos, also spoke out, stating that Greece must always promote peace and stability in the Balkans, supporting mutually acceptable steps and solutions.

Katrougalos adds that at the same time, such a decision weakens the mediator role that Greece should play in the region.

(Politika, 26.04.2023)

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