Poll: Russia and China are Serbians’ ‘best friends’

However, only 3% recognise the fact that the EU is Serbia’s biggest benefactor. [Shutterstock/FreshStock]

Serbian citizens see Russia and China as the country’s ‘best friends’, while more than half do not support Serbia’s EU membership bid, according to a new public opinion poll conducted by the Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCBP) and published on Friday.

Though EU membership is one of Serbia’s strategic goals, only 9% of the survey’s respondents consider it to be the country’s main foreign policy priority. The poll shows that a majority (51%) does not support Serbia’s EU membership bid, while 46% favour joining the bloc.

However, only 3%percent recognise the fact that the EU is Serbia’s biggest benefactor.

Citizens consider keeping Kosovo a part of Serbia, building ties with neighbours and with Russia as the top foreign-policy priorities.

While 40% of Serbs consider Russia to be Serbia’s best friend and 72% believe Russia has had a positive influence on the country, only 2% believe Russia’s attitude to Serbia is hostile.

By comparison, 16% of respondents said China is Serbia’s best friend.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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