Serbia is constructive in the EU-mediated dialogue with Pristina and wants a compromise that will bring peace and stability in the long run, Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dačić said in Moscow today, adding that Serbia does not accept imposed and unilateral solutions.
“They tell us – give up Kosovo and Metohija and the road to the EU is open for you. This is not what partners say to each other. We want to join the Union, we work hard for it and we do not change that goal, but we do not accept the obstacles that stand in the way of this path that have never been set for anyone, like the recognition of illegal secession expected from any sovereign state,” Dačić said.
It is similar to sanctions against Russia, Dačić said, addressing members of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
He said Serbia would not impose sanctions on Russia, saying that Serbia itself had been exposed to the same pressure mechanism and was well aware of how unfair it was.
“Russia is one of Serbia’s largest economic partners. “There is no economic sector in which we do not record huge growth, starting from energy, road and railway infrastructure, agricultural production, chemical industry and wood industry,” Dačić stressed.
The President of the Serbian National Assembly said that there is still space to be activated in the field of economy, especially in joint agreements for high-tech projects.
“We are moving in this direction in terms of cooperation in the field of medical sciences. Is there a better example than the fact that Serbia was the first country in Europe to produce the Sputnik V vaccine with the approval of the Gamaleja Institute, which developed this wonderful vaccine?” Dačić wondered.
He recalled that Serbia is at the top of Europe and the world in terms of the percentage of vaccinated population, so it is expected that the fight against the epidemic will end soon.
The Speaker of the Serbian Parliament also said that Russia is one of the pillars of Serbia’s support in the modern world and that this will not change.
Dačić pointed out that Serbia and Russia today are much more than traditional, historical friends and allies.
“You know that relations between the two countries began to rise in 2012, when Serbia was led by the coalition of the Serbian Progressive Party led by Aleksandar Vucic and the Socialist Party of Serbia, of which I am the leader. “Serbia and the Russian Federation have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement since 2013, a comprehensive document that sets out the goals of our joint co-operation,” Dačić said.
According to him, today Russia is the biggest and most important protector of the supreme national interest of Serbia, which it protects on the international stage, and that is the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia.
“Russia, like Serbia, firmly believes that Kosovo and Metohija are an integral part of Serbia and for decades has been one of our most important political pillars in the struggle for our interests on the international stage,” Dačić added.
Ivica Dačić spoke in Russian in the local parliament and at the beginning of the speech, the Russian deputies stood up to greet him./ibna