Vucic shrugs off Serbia’s absence from US democracy summit

President Aleksandar Vucić said at the opening that the national data centre will allow access to all information from medical centres across the country later this week. [EPA-EFE / ANDREJ CUKIC]

Following reports that Serbia was not invited to the Summit for Democracy, a virtual conference that US President Joe Biden will host, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said on Sunday that “everyone has a right to evaluate other democracies as they see fit.”

Vučić said that “everyone has the right to choose whom they want to invite.”

Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo have not been invited to attend this year’s Summit for Democracy hosted by President Biden. A hundred states are on the invite list, including Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

In response to a request by a group of US congressmen, who asked President Biden to consider imposing sanctions against people who were destabilising the Western Balkans and accused the Serbian president of “deepening corruption and exerting pressure on the media,” Vučić said that “Serbia is a factor of stability in the Balkans,” and that he was not concerned that his assets or accounts in a foreign state would be frozen, because “I have none.”

In a letter to Biden. six congressmen said they were concerned about the political situation in Serbia and the impact it might have on the region and Europe, Podgorica’s Vijesti newspaper reported.

The congressmen are also urging Biden to consider using Executive Order 14033, to block assets and ban entry to the US for the individuals responsible for destabilising the situation. The letter was signed by congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ritchie Torres, David N. Cicilline, Jan Schakowsky, James P. McGovern and Mike Quigley.

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