Russian diplomat: EU tries to force states to choose between Brussels and Moscow

Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Arkadyevich Bozan-Kharchenko has an exclusive interview with RT FROM explains that the European Union is exerting “enormous pressure” on the country in the context of the accession negotiations – with the aim of restricting the country’s relations with Russia:

“This probably unprecedented pressure has been particularly active since 2014 and [das] then proceeds with more or less intensity with the aim of forcing Serbia to join the EU anti-Russian sanctions.

However, the pressure exerted by the bloc of European states was not able to achieve this hoped-for goal. Belgrade’s multifaceted diplomatic path exactly matches the country’s national interests.

“This is a history-tested course that has given the country concrete results during previous consultations with the EU can show when this pressure and these absolutely unacceptable attempts to put Serbia in front of a choice (between the EU and Russia) appeared.

It’s not just Serbia that faces such a choice:

“This policy applies to many countries. Either they continue cooperation and accession negotiations with the EU, or they further develop their relations with Russia.

As a concrete example of the successful cooperation between Serbia and Russia, from which Belgrade benefits, Bozan-Charchenko named the area of ​​the fight against the pandemic – for example in the form of the purchase of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V by Serbia.

There are also close economic ties between the two countries:

“In fact, I would like to point out that these are much larger and longer-term projects, even compared to many projects carried out with the support of the EU or individual EU member states. “

The denial of the Serbian television broadcasting license for RT FROM According to the ambassador, the German authorities in Belgrade received an “extremely negative” response despite a corresponding valid European agreement. The decision of the German authorities is “a blow for RT”. Moreover, it led to a “humiliating situation” for Serbia.

Despite all the efforts of Western states to expand their media presence in Serbia, Russian media in the country still have an advantage:

“Sputnik is in great demand here. News from Russia in the form of video, audio or text, as well as all Russian news sources, enjoy huge demand here. Although we unfortunately have whole news groups like the Anglo-Saxons, there is still a tremendous amount of interest in and demand for our media here.”

There are plans to increase the presence of Russian media in Serbia, especially via RT, for example by broadcasting media in Serbian.

Belgrade shows an “enormous degree of understanding” of the Russian position regarding the granting of security guarantees to Moscow by NATO, the Russian diplomat stressed. It was “unthinkable” for Serbia to opt for NATO. There is no public support for this. As a neutral country, Serbia rejects the eastward expansion of this military alliance. Also, the admission of former Yugoslav states into NATO “did not lead to a strengthening of security but – on the contrary – to new dividing lines, new threats and new contradictions”. NATO has nothing to offer other than its ideology.

Serbia’s energy supply and security are guaranteed by projects thanks to Russian support. Serbia will be strengthened as a transit country.

Cooperation between Russia and Serbia, including its military component, is “in full compliance with international obligations (of both states), international agreements and UN rules”.

Asked about Chinese activities in the country, the ambassador explained that in some areas Russia was more successful, in others China. The presence of the two states is advantageous for Serbia and the West opposes it. Moscow wants to “work with China and not cultivate differences”.

There is also a similar understanding between Serbia and Russia regarding the memory of World War II and the rejection of historical revisionism, which exists both between governments and between ordinary citizens of the two states.

According to the Russian ambassador, the reason for the current crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina is “the double standard of the West and the disregard and weakening of treaties”. In this regard, there is a direct parallel with the situation in Ukraine, that is, with Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreement. The West seeks to water down the Dayton Accords that ended the Bosnian war.

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