Vucic: Serbia will not impose sanctions on Russia as long as it can

2023-09-19 22:56:50, Kosova & Bota CNA

Vucic: Serbia will not impose sanctions on Russia as long as it can

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vu?i?, has said that he expects new pressure from the West to impose sanctions against Russia, for the war started in Ukraine.

Vucic said on September 19 in New York - where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly - that he expects European officials to "lecture" during the meetings that Serbia has not imposed sanctions against Russia.

"I will listen to them carefully and I will tell them that I lead Serbia as president and as far as we can, we will lead with this policy", said Vucic while answering the questions of journalists.

The President of Serbia also said that when he realizes that he will no longer be able to continue, he will not implement such a policy, however, according to him, Serbia "acted responsibly for a year and seven months, which is honest, responsible and fair".

Serbia is the only country in the Balkan region that has not imposed sanctions on Moscow.

A day ago, the chief European diplomat, Josep Borell, said that Serbia is not acting in accordance with the decision of the European Union to extend the sanctions against Russia for another year.

His statement was a reference to the sanctions that the EU has imposed on Russia since 2014, due to Moscow's decision to annex the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

The war in Ukraine started on February 24, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the war a "special military operation" to demilitarize Ukraine.

The West has responded to Russia, hitting the economy of this country with harsh sanctions.

As a result of the war, thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced from their homes./ REL

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