Vucic: Serbia wants to survive, wants relations with all EU, Russia and China

“I want to believe that the future of the Western Balkans indeed lies in the EU, but nobody has the right, and I said that today, to object to us wanting to live and survive,” he told reporters [EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK]

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić stated in Brdo on 6 October that, on its European path, Serbia still had to care about itself and its relations with Russia and China, and that nobody should object to “Serbia wanting to survive.”

“I want to believe that the future of the Western Balkans indeed lies in the EU, but nobody has the right, and I said that today, to object to us wanting to live and survive,” he told reporters after the EU-Western Balkans summit. “That is the issue of everyone’s concern in the Western Balkans because prices are rapidly growing,” he stated.

Vučić said he heard during the summit that enlargement prospects existed and that while not all member countries had the same appetite for enlargement, the EU had strategic interests in the Western Balkans.

During a bilateral meeting, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis assured Vučić that Greece would continue to support Serbia’s territorial integrity and European integration.

At the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Kosovo Premier Albin Kurti, Vučić discussed the issue of diplomas and the mutual recognition of academic degrees between Serbia and Kosovo.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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