Belgrade, March 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Milos Mitrovic
“I think that Prime Minister Vucic is resisting to the Russian pressure. The Russian pressure is different than the American. We want nothing from Serbia, we just want it to become more sustainable democracy, while Russia wants its dominant influence which makes things more complicated”, United States Senator John McCain said in the interview for the Voice of America (VOA). “Therefore, I praise Prime Minister Vucic because of his resistance to Vladimir Putin, but I understand that the pressure is very large and that he has to be vigilant”, McCain elaborated.
When asked whether Serbia may remain a military neutral country, McCain said that it would “largely depend on Vladimir Putin’s actions”. “The big amount of pressure which Putin puts on Serbia is related through the media, information, propaganda. We will have to resist to that, both Serbia and United States”, he stressed.
McCain, who is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he believes there’s good attitude towards Americans in Serbia. “There is still certain bitterness because of the conflict (in 1999), but we can say that Serbia is now in a much better position than it was then. But Serbian people should now that we are helping them. Serbian economy needs assistance”, McCain said.
“Serbia has achieved great advance and has a strong leader, Prime Minister Vucic. The country is currently faced with huge challenges due to the influx of the refugees. I believe that it copes well with it but this obviously cannot continue. It is also making efforts in more peaceful relations with Balkan neighbors, so it has achieved a lot in last 10 to 15 years, especially under its actual Prime Minister”, McCain underlined.