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US calls on Serbia to decide and stop balancing between the West and Russia

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Over the past three years, when President Alexander Vucic is in power, balancing between Russia and the West has become the basis of Serbian foreign policy, writes RIA News.




Before being elected to the highest post in April of this year, the politician first visited Moscow, then Berlin, with the support of both Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel.

I thank the German Chancellor and the President of Russia for having the courage to negotiate with me before the elections, this suggests that they think well of Serbia, and not so bad about me,
said then Vucic.

According to Peter Iskanderov, a senior researcher at the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, “Serbia has been successfully maneuvering between Moscow and the West in recent years, and for it there is no reason to abandon this policy.”

Today, the EU and the US have nothing new that they could offer the Serbs, which it would not have before,
added an expert.

“Against the background of difficult negotiations on Belgrade’s accession to the European Union (approximate date moved now to 2025 year), Serbian society is disappointed in the prospects of integration with the West. In early October, Serbian Defense Minister Alexander Vulin publicly supported the retired General Vladimir Lazarevich, who was convicted by the International Tribunal for actions committed in Kosovo. The result was a diplomatic scandal with the United States. The American ambassador to Serbia, Scot, accused Belgrade of rehabilitating war criminals, ”the article says.

Since then, Vulin has become a public critic of American actions. Commenting on the recent statement by US State Department spokesman Khoyt Yi that it’s time for Serbia to stop balancing between the West and Russia, the head of department noted: this was “the most undiplomatic recent act of pressure on Serbia.” At the same time in October, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic received from Russia six MiG-29 airplanes, for which the Serbian side intends to spend $ 212 million to service.

“One of the key differences between Belgrade and the West with regard to Moscow is the fate of the Russian-Serbian humanitarian center in the city of Niš, which in the US is considered the de facto base of Moscow. In 2015, the Serbian Parliament ratified the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) agreement with NATO, on the basis of which Washington insists on closing its office, ”the publication reminds.

Such obligations are not spelled out in the text of the treaty, and Serbia does not take steps in this direction,
said Peter Iskanderov.

According to him, the binding nature of SOFA is overestimated in the press. “It’s more reasonable to call all this a declaration of intent than a real step to join the North Atlantic alliance,” the expert believes.

Despite the unwillingness of the Serbian leadership to concede on the issue of the center, in other cases Belgrade seeks to send positive signals to the European Union.

Under pressure from the EU and the United States in 2015, an agreement was concluded with an unrecognized Kosovo, which many considered a concession on the issue of sovereignty. The decision not to impose sanctions against Russia was given to the Serbian authorities with some difficulty. A firm commitment to European values ​​is also shown by the prime minister in the Vucic administration, LGBT activist Ana Brnabic, who declared right after her appointment in 2017 that Belgrade would choose the EU, if necessary, the EU, not Russia.

It is in Serbia’s interest to maintain the current state of uncertainty for as long as possible. But what if the pressure is too strong? In this case, Belgrade will still have to change its policy in terms of both international relations and defense,
said Serbian expert Alexander Radic.

US energy projects in the Balkans may well be such a turning point. “In the logic of lobbying for their economic interests, the administration of President Trump is interested in the peninsula as a place to host a transit network for transporting American liquefied gas. According to the blue lines of pipelines, the United States intends to supply its hydrocarbons not only to the countries of the region, but further to Ukraine, ”concludes the publication.
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  1. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 27 October 2017 08: 58 New
    +3
    There are no good or bad ones in politics. They are always between a rock and a hard place. If there is a failure, they will devour without hesitation. Let an example take from the Old Man.
    1. The black
      The black 27 October 2017 09: 11 New
      +5
      US calls on Serbia to decide and stop balancing between the West and Russia
      Exactly the same thing they said to the Ukrainians. The result is known - the impoverishment, the heyday of Bandera and crime, and in the near future the complete collapse of the country ....
      1. bagr69
        bagr69 27 October 2017 09: 21 New
        +6
        I don’t understand everything, but why do you decide "with whom to be friends" ???
        The leadership of the United States did not come to their constantly worried head the idea that you can just live, develop, and not look around enemies?
        They would have calmed down already, there would be fewer wars, unrest and constant demonstrations of power in the world.
        1. The black
          The black 27 October 2017 09: 36 New
          +4
          The leadership of the United States did not come to their constantly worried head the idea that you can just live, develop, and not look around enemies?
          Of course I didn’t come. Clever thoughts have not visited their exclusive heads for a long time ... laughing
        2. Basil50
          Basil50 27 October 2017 09: 40 New
          +6
          The Serbs got their * troubles * - they extracted not only RUSSIA, but also the USA.
          * They are now, they are rrraz and this *. So they make you decide on the orientation.
          Serbs are just like Ukrainians or Byalorus, while they are being fed, they begin to become impudent and demand. Then they make a complaint.
          The example of Germany and Japan says the more they bomb and the more they demand submission, the stronger and disinterested love. Serbs were apparently unbombed to an absolute love for the United States.
          1. Nyrobsky
            Nyrobsky 27 October 2017 10: 28 New
            +5
            Quote: Vasily50
            Serbs are just like Ukrainians or Byalorus, while they are being fed, they begin to become impudent and demand. Then they make a complaint.

            Are there examples of shameless impudence, demands and claims on the part of the Serbs against Russia? Reveal to the public ...
            Quote: Vasily50
            Serbs were apparently unbombed to an absolute love for the United States.
            It looks like it is "bombing" you and not at all "kiddie". Do not forget that one of the reasons that the US bombed Serbia and tore Kosovo from it was the toothless policy of Yeltsin. One Primakov then showed himself as a man, deploying a plane over the Atlantic and canceling a visit to the United States in protest against the start of attacks on Serbia. The second man in that situation was Yevkurov, who made a march with small forces and took control of the airport in Pristina, confusing NATO plans.
          2. Basil50
            Basil50 27 October 2017 13: 53 New
            +2
            I still remember how the Yugoslavs, together with the French, British and Americans, carried out coups in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, the GDR and much more where.
            This is when they were * thrown * by accomplices and then they voted and * brotherhood *. They can say anything. Here are their deeds in relation to RUSSIAN very much vile.
      2. INVESTOR
        INVESTOR 27 October 2017 10: 14 New
        0
        received six MiG-29 aircraft from Russia, for servicing of which the Serbian side intends to spend $ 212 million.

        Something a little expensive request
    2. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 27 October 2017 09: 46 New
      +3
      Let us first compensate the damage for aggression against Yugoslavia .. and the damage to the same Serbia ..
      And the rulers of the United States and NATO do not have thoughts. To at least apologize for their deeds.
      Or in the world apologize only for what they did not ??
      1. Esoteric
        Esoteric 27 October 2017 10: 02 New
        0
        US calls on Serbia to decide and stop balancing between the West and Russia

        An interesting question: “Why on earth did the United States rank Europe in the West?” In the Western Hemisphere, and show off. Arbitrators were found ...
    3. 79807420129
      79807420129 27 October 2017 10: 06 New
      12
      Yes, it’s time to decide already, the split does not lead to anything good.
    4. Berkut24
      Berkut24 27 October 2017 12: 30 New
      +1
      Let the dad take an example.

      I’m afraid that the old man is still waiting for torn pants to the very sciatic nerve.
  2. Sergey53
    Sergey53 27 October 2017 09: 00 New
    +2
    The West calls on Serbia to decide. And why don't we make the same proposal to Belarus. And? And then, too, they can not decide who to stick to.
    1. kubanec
      kubanec 27 October 2017 09: 10 New
      +3
      -----------------. And why do not we make the same proposal to Belarus. And? ------------------- ---- Belarus and Russia are a union state, how else can they be determined?
    2. zivXP
      zivXP 27 October 2017 09: 12 New
      +8
      Serbia has a slightly different situation - it exists surrounded by pro-Western countries. She has a more real chance of becoming EuroSevKoreya, if only for Russia.
      1. volodya
        volodya 27 October 2017 09: 47 New
        0
        Quote: zivXP
        Serbia has a slightly different situation

        All the same, they cannot sit still on two chairs;
    3. Finches
      Finches 27 October 2017 09: 18 New
      +8
      Belarusians - even at the root of this word is the answer to your question ... And we have enough marginal freaks licking ass of the West! One Bulk with its minions, what it costs!
      1. Partyzan
        Partyzan 27 October 2017 09: 55 New
        +9
        Quote: Finches
        Belarusians - even at the root of this word is the answer to your question.

    4. XXXIII
      XXXIII 27 October 2017 10: 42 New
      +1
      Quote: Sergey53
      And why don't we make the same proposal to Belarus. And? And then, too, they can not decide who to stick to.

      Oh, how lucky it was with old yeast! laughing
  3. demo
    demo 27 October 2017 09: 14 New
    +4
    Without any doubt, the Serbs will decide.

    "Not a single good deed will be punished."
    Bulgarians have decided.
    The Greeks decided.
    Czechs, Poles, Slovaks - specifically defined.
    Let's wait for the Serbs.
    We are not accustomed to human meanness.
    1. LSA57
      LSA57 27 October 2017 09: 20 New
      +8
      Quote: demo
      Czechs, Poles, Slovaks - specifically defined.

      here the Czechs have definitely decided on cooperation with Russia
  4. Orionvit
    Orionvit 27 October 2017 09: 17 New
    +1
    Prime minister in the Vučić administration, LGBT activist Ana Brnabić also speaks of a strong commitment to European values
    Who would doubt that.
    1. novel66
      novel66 27 October 2017 09: 37 New
      +3
      ready for euro values! yes
      1. Orionvit
        Orionvit 27 October 2017 12: 14 New
        0
        Quote: novel xnumx
        ready for euro values!

        LGBT people like Ana Brnabich are always ready for “Euro-values,” especially since in Europe there are no other “values” left. We will live to see that for a "unnatural" connection with a woman, in Europe, a man will be fined if not imprisoned. fool
    2. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 27 October 2017 12: 08 New
      +1
      Vucic’s power is largely based on personal authority. And so, the real powers under Serbian law are in the hands of the Prime Minister.
      1. Orionvit
        Orionvit 27 October 2017 13: 02 New
        0
        As always, the authority of a normal peasant, and the power of a woman is a pervert who occupies the post of prime minister.
  5. rpuropuu
    rpuropuu 27 October 2017 09: 20 New
    +4
    Quote: Black
    US calls on Serbia to decide and stop balancing between the West and Russia
    Exactly the same thing they said to the Ukrainians. The result is known - the impoverishment, the heyday of Bandera and crime, and in the near future the complete collapse of the country ....

    Serbia, unlike Ukraine or Belarus, is located in the very center of this very "West" No. . They have no other choice, they need to cooperate with their neighbors stop
  6. rpuropuu
    rpuropuu 27 October 2017 09: 22 New
    +2
    Quote: demo
    Without any doubt, the Serbs will decide.

    "Not a single good deed will be punished."
    Bulgarians have decided.
    The Greeks decided.
    Czechs, Poles, Slovaks - specifically defined.
    Let's wait for the Serbs.
    We are not accustomed to human meanness.

    It was vile to give Yugoslavia to be torn to pieces, now they have no other choice request . At least take a look at the map belay
    1. Setrac
      Setrac 27 October 2017 09: 39 New
      +2
      Quote: rpuropuu
      It was vile to give Yugoslavia to be torn to pieces, now they have no other choice

      What does mean mean? Why should Russia defend Yugoslavia?
  7. Eurodav
    Eurodav 27 October 2017 09: 26 New
    +3
    So the Moment of Truth loomed on the horizon !!! These ...... will not leave you like that, they will not press on Serbia childishly ... Well, when you live surrounded by enemies, it’s hard to make a decision ...
  8. Livonetc
    Livonetc 27 October 2017 10: 28 New
    +2
    Quote: Setrac
    Quote: rpuropuu
    It was vile to give Yugoslavia to be torn to pieces, now they have no other choice

    What does mean mean? Why should Russia defend Yugoslavia?

    To protect themselves and universal principles.
    So, as today, Russia protects humanity in Syria.
    However, with the epithet "vile" also disagrees.
    Russia then retreated and survived.
    Those times have passed.
  9. Wolka
    Wolka 27 October 2017 11: 33 New
    0
    however, the Serbs are not suckers, who can earn as much as they can ...
  10. Fkjydjckfrgh
    Fkjydjckfrgh 27 October 2017 11: 42 New
    +2
    Wild people - though Slavs. They would ask: -And where are our half trillion (for example) $? those: -What half a trillion? -And for the contract? -Duc in the agreement not a word about $ -Do we continue the discussion?
    And all business.
  11. Seraphimamur
    Seraphimamur 27 October 2017 14: 31 New
    +1
    With the Serbs as with the Bulgarians, well, it is possible with the Poles: the people are friendly in their mass towards Russia, but the elite who studied as a rule either in England or even in the United States do not understand friendly feelings for our country as well as their own.
  12. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 28 October 2017 08: 54 New
    0
    Salvage taxis. So it was, is and will be.
  13. MOSKVITYANIN
    MOSKVITYANIN 28 October 2017 19: 56 New
    0
    Sooner or later, Serbia will be admitted to the EU and NATO, so the loss of Serbia for the Russian Federation is a matter of time, it is not possible to lose all the Balkans and save Serbia ....