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Serbia’s president points to world community’s duplicity over Ukraine

August 13, 2014, 18:31 UTC+3 BELGRADE
“Serbia is interested in retaining Russia as its ally in the UN Security Council, but at the same time not to quarrel with the European Union,” he says
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Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic

Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic

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BELGRADE, August 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic has expressed surprise over how different the world community’s attitude to similar situations may be sometimes.

“Serbia was bombed and rocketed (by NATO’s forces in 1999) for alleged excessive use of force, although not a single shot had been fired in an attempt to restore control of its territory. These days in relation to Ukraine some other rules are at work. The army there is waging a war on its own people, while some countries bomb others and get support for it,” he told the TANJUG news agency in an interview.

About Belgrade’s attitude to the Ukrainian crisis Nikolic said that “Serbia is interested in retaining Russia as its ally in the UN Security Council, but at the same time not to quarrel with the European Union.”

“Serbia is aware that if it takes the side of either party, it will lose one of the two equally precious friends - the European Union or the Russian Federation. Therefore Moscow and Brussels must have respect for our stance,” he said.

Nikolic expects that Russia and the European Union will achieve agreement on laying the South Stream gas pipeline and Serbia as a transit country will get benefits from that project. He believes that Serbia has no reason to get worried when the advantages of South Stream begin to be discussed, but it does have reasons for concern about the current situation, in which it has to pay dearly for the transit of Russian gas through Hungary.

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