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Russia's electoral official calls for showing special approach to Serbia

April 26, 4:27 UTC+3 BELGRADE
"We should demonstrate a special approach to Serbia in the wake of what's happening in neighboring Montenegro," a member of Russia''s Central Election Commission Vassily Likhachov said
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BELGRADE, April 26. /TASS/. It is important for Russia to demonstrate a special approach to Serbia now, Vassily Likhachov, a member of Russia''s Central Election Commission (CEC) who led the CEC delegation at Sunday's early parliamentary election in Serbia told a group of Russian reporters here on Monday.

"We should demonstrate a special approach to Serbia in the wake of what's happening in neighboring Montenegro (a pro-Western political course and the craving to join NATO TASS) and the Americans' goal to split this country away from Russia as much as possible and pull it into the field of military, political and economic influence of the European Union," Likhachov said. "This course is moving on with much difficulty because the gene of historical memory, community of culture and, in a certain way, community of mentality of the Russian and Serbian peoples impede a sharp breakup of the kind on all sides of the relationship between Belgrade and Moscow."

As he spoke about the results of elections in Serbia, he said: "This election showed what might be a split tough as this definition is or as a minimum a kaleidoscope of viewpoints that doesn't always make common positions possible."

"Almost 50% registered voters didn't come to the polls and the people who will take seats in the Skupstina (the national parliament) and will form the government don't have the right to ignore this huge number of people," Likhachov said.

"Conclusion number three," he went on. "This election was what we call 'a marriage market' a market of possible potential future leaders of Serbia."

"They were displaying their right to be leaders, to occupy high posts and they used the results reached by their parties and coalitions they stood at the head of to demonstrate their personal qualities and aspirations, as well as the ability to heed the voices from several Western countries however cynically this may sound that have been working in Serbia very actively. In part, they were very active in the run-up to this election," Likhachov said.

"We must do a very comprehensive monitoring of our collaboration with Serbia and work in Serbia," he said.

As he spoke about the opposition parties' complaints over numerous violations and forging of the results of voting, Likhachov said: "Elections in any country practically always involve this theme."

"The losing parties have to save their face in front of the electorate and retain influence over the groups of people that put their trust in them," he said. "Secondly, they have to send very serious signals to the authorities and that's why the waves of these claims are still forthcoming and are inevitable.

Along with it, Likhachov pointed out the presence of competitive political environment in this country.

"Not a single vote has been received here without struggle or competition," he said.

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