Serbia is continuing its foreign policy coordination project with Russia
Serbia reiterated its intention to coordinate its foreign policy with Russia this weekend. After the signing of a foreign policy agreement between the two countries, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković supported the plan despite criticism.
An agreement on consultations for 2023-2024 was signed between Mr Selaković and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of this weekend’s UN General Assembly session (September 24-25) in New York. This agreement was heavily criticized by European officials.
In response, Mr Selaković lashed out at his critics, accusing them of talking about a deal they had « Hadn’t seen”.
When asked to elaborate on the document, Mr. Selaković said the plan had been signed several times since 1996 and that it was a technical matter. He added that this year’s version included only UN-related bilateral and multilateral consultations and no security policy consultations.
No recognition of Russian referendums
The Serbian foreign minister also referred to the referendums held in the four Russian-controlled regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.
Serbia cannot accept their result in accordance with the UN Charter and the principles and norms of international law with regard to the UN Charter, he said.
“Not to do so would be totally contrary to our interests as a state, our policy of upholding our territorial integrity and sovereignty, and our commitment to the principle of the inviolability of borders.”said Mr. Selaković at a press conference.
At the same time, the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Serbia, Vladimir Bilčik, described the signing of the plan as “hard punch” for the EU accession process in the Western Balkans.
“As an ardent supporter of any movement towards a [Serbie] European Union, I find the news about the planned consultations between Serbia [et] Russia is a blow to the accession process in the Western Balkans Mr. Bilčik tweeted.
“So that we understand each other: [la Russie] mobilized to attack Ukraine, a candidate country for EU membership, Russia attacks EU enlargement! »he added.
As an enthusiastic supporter of all steps towards a European 🇷🇸, I find the news of planned consultations between Serbia and Russia a heavy blow to the accession process in the Western Balkans. To be clear: 🇷🇺 mobilizes to attack the 🇪🇺 candidate country 🇺🇦 Russia attacks EU enlargement!
— Vladimír Bilčík MEP (@VladoBilcik) September 25, 2022
Parliament’s Kosovo rapporteur, Viola von Cramon, went even further and described the situation as a “A serious scandal in the midst of a bloody war”noting that Serbia signs the “Plan for future cooperation with the attacker. »
“Or maybe it’s just a signal for us to freeze the accession negotiations, because accession to the EU doesn’t go through Moscow”she wrote on Twitter.
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