The European Union will never allow Serbia to become its member, deputy prime minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin said. Rogozin attended the presidential inauguration of Aleksandar Vucic and gave an interview to Sputnik on Sunday.
When asked what he expects from the new Serbian government “praised by the West as pro-Western”, Rogozin said: “You know, if you scratch a little bit even over some Serbian liberal, there would appear a real Serb. And therefore, we do not have any illusions over your government. You will have a good government”, Rogozin said alluding to the cabinet of Ana Brnabic which is yet to be confirmed by the parliament.
But the top Russian official predicted a dark European perspective for Serbia.
“They will set such preconditions that will prevent you from ever joining the EU. First, where should you be accepted – in the place everybody run from? It is a scandal over there. The Englishmen are leaving and they are persuading you to join? It can’t be like that. Something is wrong there”, Rogozin told Sputnik.
He specified the EU’s alleged precondition for Serbia: “You will have to give up Kosovo. And you will never do that. Even the most pro-Western Serb would never betray his fatherland. You can make the arrangements on economy, exchange rate, taxes… but this is about the betrayal. Without giving up Kosovo, the EU will not accept Serbia as its member. So, it would be long-lasting process”.
Rogozin made a parallel with Turkey considering the EU membership.
“Serbia would be entering in the EU just like Turkey did. Or … they would break you into pieces, and then accept you part by part. At the moment they grant you a membership, they will lose any interest of you. Actually, at this moment we have a game between the EU and Russia – who would attract Serbia more. But, in fact, there’s no game. There is no result, because Russia and Serbia would always be together”, Rogozin concluded adding that Serbia could have good relations with the EU members without becoming a member “of that spa”.
When asked when will Russian MiG fighter jets be transferred to Serbia, he did not give a precise answer. “The president (Vladimir Putin) will tell you. I would gladly tell you, but we have agreed that he will be the one to tell you. It’s not just about MiGs, it’s a lot of stuff – tanks, transport planes… It is a serious and big assistance”. The Serbs will get everything, including the S-400 missile system, if that is needed, Rogozin stressed./IBNA