There is NO DILEMMA about Brussels, not even after Vucic's visit to Moscow: EU remains a priority of Serbia (PHOTO)
Kocijancic said for Telegraf that the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic confirmed on multiple occasion that Serbian integration in European Union is strategic priority
Just seven days after the European Union extended sanctions against Russia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visited Moscow, where he arranged a significant military assistance to the Army of Serbia. On the occasion of this visit, European commission said to Telegraf that they expect Serbia to act in accordance and consistent with its commitment to regional cooperation and stabilization.
In a statement to the Telegraf, a spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Maja Kocijancic said that the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic confirmed on multiple occasion that Serbian integration in European Union is strategic priority.
- So, we expect of Serbia to act in accordance and consistent with its commitment to regional cooperation and stabilization - representative Federica Mogherini's explanation was poor.
Vucic repeated that statement in Moscow.
- I want to repeat once again that we remain a neutral state, which i already said in Brussels, Washington... That is our attitude, nothing has changed when it comes to that - pointed Vucic.
It is not a secret, however, that Brussels officially requires from Belgrade to align the foreign policy with EU, among other things, meaning to include sanctions to traditional Serbian friends. European union extended the sanctions to Russia for six more months.
However, the road of EU integrations is long and unpredictable, it remains to be seen if that will be exclusive requirement. Analysts explain this bureaucratic answer from Brussels for Telegraf.
The President of the Center for Foreign Policy Aleksandra Joksimovic is not expecting a greater public response of the European Union.
- The only thing certain is that cooperation of Russia and Serbia is being monitored, as a candidate country for EU membership - mentioned Joksimovic.
Military analyst Aleksandar Radic says that Serbia is not the only country that uses Russian-made aircraft, but some of EU and NATO members use them too, like Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Croatia, so Brussels has nothing to complain about to Serbian government.
- The decision to acquire "MIGs 29" is a product of pragmatism and needs, rather than political projections - said Radic.
Radic said for our portal that the planes were acquired solely for defensive purposes and for safeguarding of Serbian airspace, which is the purpose of the preservation of regional stability.