‘Brace yourselves, winter is coming’, Vucic tells Serbs

“We need to think about whether we will have enough petrol, coal, gas, whether we will be able to survive. The coming winter will be the most difficult in the last 70 years, and the problem is that no one [in the world] wants to listen to anyone else,” Vučić said. [Shutterstock/ToskanaINC]

Serbia fears food and energy shortages, and the coming winter will be “the most difficult in the last 70 years,” President Aleksandar Vučić said in a broadcast to the nation on Sunday, as reported by Croatian news website Index.hr.

“We need to think about whether we will have enough petrol, coal, gas, whether we will be able to survive. The coming winter will be the most difficult in the last 70 years, and the problem is that no one [in the world] wants to listen to anyone else,” Vučić said.

He said it was “certain that there will be food shortages. There is enough energy, but because of crazy policies on all sides, it will not be accessible”.

Serbia was already suffering the consequences of its decision not to impose sanctions on Russia, said the president.  “We would be ten times better off if we imposed the sanctions, but we won’t do it,” he added.

The Serbian president said the war in Ukraine could lead to a global conflict. “I expect that conflict in the autumn, and that is why I see a very difficult winter”.

On the positive side, he said Serbia was in the running for a major car industry investment, and he expects “the big news” in June.

“There are two more countries in the process, but I think we are better than them in everything” except on the issue of Russia sanctions,” he added.

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