Serbian PM: Reports labelling Grenell and Palmer as Serbian lobbyists is a lie

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić told reporters that it was not just this project that had been stopped but all other activities in Serbia related to exploring lithium reserves. [EPA-EFE / JULIEN DE ROSA / POOL]

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić dismissed claims on Tuesday (16 November) that US diplomats Richard Grenell and Matthew Palmer are lobbyists for Serbia as “a brutal and shameful lie.”

Commenting on an article published Tuesday and run by the Nova newspaper titled “U.S. Lobbyists Given Nearly USD 2 Million by Serbia,” Brnabić tweeted that “such lies inflict direct damage on Serbia.”

“I absolutely deny the brutal and shameful lie on the front page of the Nova tabloid that Matthew Palmer and Richard Grenell are Serbian lobbyists. The betrayal with which this lie has been served (they are “on the list of contacts,” which supposedly makes them lobbyists). These lies inflict direct damage on Serbia,” Brnabić said.

The Nova newspaper article includes photographs of Palmer and Grenell and says that the two officials “are on the list of contacts of the Yorktown Solutions lobbying firm which cooperates with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.”

Grenell was an envoy of former US President Donald Trump for dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia and then visited Serbia on several occasions. Palmers is the US State Department’s former special envoy for the Western Balkans and is now an envoy for electoral reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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