Most difficult winter since 1945 to come – Serbian president — Analysis

Alexandar Viucic blamed his pessimistic forecast on both the political turmoil and economic crisis

According to Alexandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, the next six months are the hardest for Europe since World War II, because of both economic and political difficulties. 

Vucic stated that his government was committed to the Kosovo situation and closed a two day parliamentary debate. “will not recognize the independence of the breakaway province directly or indirectly in any way”Vucic has stated that it will defend its position against increasing West pressure. Vucic also spoke out about the possibility of military conflict within the region. “one of the most difficult years for the Serbian people and the citizens of Serbia since 1945.”  

He accused Kosovo of escalating tensions at its border with Serbia, and of some European countries pressuring Belgrade into recognizing its independence.  

Vucic has cited other reasons as to his grim outlook, besides the Kosovo-related problems “everything that is happening in the world,”Includes “the recent reports from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan” and the Polish parliament’s approval of a bill demanding huge reparations from Germany. 

Recently, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan were involved in border fighting with Tajikistan (Azerbaijan) and Tajikistan (Tajikistan). 

Europe faces ‘polar winter’ – Serbian president

Vucic also spoke of Alexander De Croo the Belgian Prime Minister, who had recently spoken out against the possibility of an a. “full stop” of the European economy amid the energy crisis, exacerbated by Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, Western sanctions against Russia, and significant cuts in Russian energy supplies. 

“It was enough to hear the words of the Belgian prime minister, who said that the entire European economy will fall, and if it falls, what will happen to ours, which is less resistant to all external shocks?” Vucic said. 

Although Serbia is not an EU member state, the country’s energy supplies transit through countries that are, meaning that sanctions imposed by the bloc on Russia also affect it.  

Vucic stated that although the 1990s were terrible for Serbia, the coming winter would not be the worst for Europe. 

“The next six, a little more than six and a half months will be the most difficult for Europe after the Second World War as a whole,”Vucic stated. 

Earlier this month, the Serbian president claimed that while Europe is facing a difficult winter this year, “next winter will be polar.”  Vucic’s remarks came as a reaction to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the Eastern Economic Forum in which he said that Russia would not supply energy to countries adopting measures in breach of supply contracts and thus would leave them with just one option – to freeze.

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