Serbia should ensure an exit clause in its deal with Russia, McAllister says

Serbia should ensure an exit clause in its deal with Russia, McAllister says

If Serbia signs the agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, it should ensure an exit clause, said David McAllister, European Parliament’s Foreign Political Committee head. The clause will be necessary for Serbian accession to the European Union, McAllister said in the interview for Radio Free Europe.

Until recently, McAllister was EP’s rapporteur for Serbia.

The exit clause in the free trade agreement between Eurasian Economic Union and Serbia would be a guarantee that the latter would leave the agreement in the moment of joining EU; it would also mean meeting the conditions from Association and Stabilization Agreement between EU and Serbia.

“Serbia should ensure the compatibility of its relevant agreements with the EU’s community acquis”, McAllister said, mentioning free trade deals, as well as those on investing and economic cooperation.

Earlier this month, Russian ambassador in Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko announced the signing of the agreement on October 25. The Eurasian Economic Union is an alliance whose members are Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. EU has warned Serbia that it could not proceed with its trade relations with Russia at the moment of accession to the European bloc./ibna