Serbia between EU and “Russian vital force”

Serbia between EU and “Russian vital force”


By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade

“Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Aleksandar Chepurin humiliates Serbia and openly pleads against the accession of Serbia to the European Union”, the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV) has stated.

Djordje Stojsic, representative of LSV, which takes part in the ruling coalition in Serbian northern Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, recalled that in 2011 this party had pleaded former Russian Ambassador Aleksandar Konuzin to be expelled from Serbia because he “taught us lessons on patriotism in the middle of Belgrade, while being drunk”. If Konuzin had been expelled, Stojsic said, “his successor would not have been humiliating Serbia while being sober”.

“The one single plan I see for Serbia is to join Russian vital force, and Serbia should choose the plan which would be the most optimal”, Ambassador Chepurin said in Kosovska Mitrovica. Russian diplomat visited this Serbian municipality in the north of Kosovo on Sunday. Chepurin stressed that Russia will continue to support Serbia regarding its position on Kosovo. “Not recognizing Kosovo implies confrontation with great powers and Russia can resist this pressure, together with her allies, with China among them, and with a few countries which are in friendly relations with Serbia”, Chepurin said.

When it comes to current Bruselss negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, Chepurin stressed that there was a need to take into consideration possible solutions for a peaceful political solution but also for the quality of life for the people in Kosovo. “We are not wizards, but we will do our best to support Serbs’ consolidation of their interests”, ambassador assured. Chepurin received a warm welcome in Kosovska Mitrovica –  he was greeted by applause and the locals were throwing flowers in the central streets while he was passing.

Earlier last week Chepurin said that it was not possible at the moment to precise the date of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to Serbia. The date could be subjected to eventual development of bilateral relations between Serbia and Russia, such as implementation of big projects in economy and conclusion of important agreements. “Putin loves Serbia and carefully pays attention to everything that is happening in Serbia”, Chepurin rendered to Tanjug news agency.

During his last year’s visit to Belgrade, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin assured that “Putin is with Serbia” and stressed that Belgrade should have thought carefully whether European Union had been supporting Serbia equally. Putin visited Serbia in 2011, while he was Russian PM. By his own words, Putin was greatly surprised with his popularity in Serbia.

Last week Russian diplomat and Putin’s former assistant Modest Kolerov said that in Moscow appeared some rumors according to which Belgrade was planning to overturn Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, from power. Russia would not support that, Kolerov stressed. Removing Dodik from power would be a “part of great betrayal that is to start in Kosovo”, Kolerov said alluding to possible agreement between Belgrade and Pristina. Kolerov visited Republika Srpska, which is Serbian entity in Bosnia and Hercegovina, as well as Belgrade and Montenegro.