Belgrade, February 13, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Milos Mitrovic
Russian Federation’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will officially invite his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic to visit Moscow soon, Aleksandar Chepurin, Russian Ambassador in Belgrade announced today.
At the meeting with Vucic, Chepurin congratulated him on Serbian national holiday, Statehood Day, which will be celebrated on February 15.
At the same time, Serbian premier asked Chepurin to send his congrats to both Russian officials and people for the successful outcome of the negotiations on Ukraine crisis which were held in Minsk earlier this week. “We have followed the negotiations with great attention and we most sincerely hail the agreement that has been reached. This is good and big news for all of us”, Vucic underlined.
Ukraine crisis is a test for Serbian accession to European Union because country is obliged to follow block’s foreign policy. However, due to its good relations with Russia and dependency on Russian energy supply, Serbia did not join EU sanctions against Russia. EU officials insist that Serbia will have to adopt common foreign policy.
Vucic and Chepurin have stressed the importance of the OSCE considering Ukraine and the role of Serbia as OSCE presiding country in this year.
Earlier this week German government’s coordinator for Russian policy Gernot Erler said that Serbia cannot be moderator between Russia and West nor neutral country taking into account its European aspiration. However, Erler, who is also Berlin’s special representative for the German OSCE chairmanship in 2016, explained that good relations between Serbia and Russia may help confidence building within OSCE.
Sanctions against Russia not an option for Serbia
“Serbia maintains its political relations with Russia at the high level and rebuffs any possibility to join current international sanctions against Russia”, Serbian Ambassador to Moscow Slavenko Terzic said today. Relations between the two countries are based on profound friendship among our peoples and they are developing in the spirit of cooperation and mutual confidence”, Terzic said at the media conference in Moscow.