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Serbia premier rejects another EC appeal to join anti-Russian sanctions

November 15, 2014, 15:30 UTC+3 BELGRADE
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BELGRADE, November 15. /TASS/. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated once again on Saturday that his country did not plan to join anti-Russian sanctions. Serbia has its own government which takes decisions independently in interests of the country, he said.

“We are on a path to Europe, but Serbian policy will not change immediately,” Vucic said in comments on newly appointed EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn’s statement that urged Serbia Friday to pursue its policy in line with the European one and to join anti-Russian sanctions.

On November 20, the European commissioner will pay his first visit at this post to Serbia. Ahead of the visit Hahn told reporters in Brussels that he understood that Serbia had its history and relations with Russia, but the country should take a decision at some moment of time. Serbia has a current status of a candidate country to enter the European Union and when Serbia joins the EU, the country will have to act in line with EU foreign policy and decisions, the EU commissioner said, noting that an expected time for Serbia to accede to the EU is 2020.

Vucic noted on Saturday that he “heard something like this not for the first time,” but he had “several questions.” “When someone loses 1.5 billion euro over the impossibility to export fruit and vegetables to Russia, the EU indemnifies only 1.1 billion euro to the country. Who will indemnify this to us?” the Serbian premier noted.

“We heard and understand everything that they are speaking to us in any language, but we will take decisions ourselves,” Vucic said.

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