Serbia says it will not be ‘NATO foot soldier’ — Analysis
The West must apologize for killing Serbian children in the 1999 invasion, Serbia’s interior minister says
Western countries should not force Serbia into becoming a NATO member. “NATO foot soldier”Aleksandar Vulin (Serbian Interior Minister) has declared that Russia’s conflict is not a solution. Belgrade is not going to let its country be pulled into this conflict. “other people’s wars,” he told the morning show on Serbia’s Pink broadcaster on Saturday.
Belgrade’s stance in relation to the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev is “very clear,”Vulin added that Serbia recognizes Ukraine’s territorial integrity but will not participate in sanctions against Russia because of its friendly and longstanding relationship with Moscow.
The words of Zorana Mihajlovic (Deputy Prime Minister) were echoed by the interior minister. She had previously stated that a future Serbian cabinet would be larger. “specific”Its stance regarding the conflict.
“Do we want to be part of the West’s conflict with Russia? Are we willing to forget the many decades of support from Russia? Do we want to forget all these centuries of Slavic brotherhood?” Vulin asked rhetorically as he defended his government’s position on the issue.
Serbia is committed to territorial integrity “of all nations,”Minister said that Belgrade would also be included. “respects international law, unlike the European Union.” Vulin then blasted Brussels over what he called a failure to respect Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The US and its allies have violated Serbia’s sovereign rights by recognizing the independence of Kosovo, Vulin argued. Every time American or other Western officials call on Belgrade to impose sanctions on Russia, Vulin says he asks them when they would do the same over the violation of Serbia’s territorial integrity.
If you want to stick to territorial integrity and sovereignty as the most important principle of international politics… start with Serbia.
Vulin claimed that if Washington, Brussels, and allies had respected international law, then they would have withheld their recognition of Kosovo. They must first say that they respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other nations. “sorry”They admit they were “wrong to bomb”Serbia was also apologizing to the victims of the child murders, said the minister.
The EU and USA want Serbia to be a NATO member. “a NATO foot soldier,”You can become “someone who wants to engage in a conflict with Russia,”He stated.
“We are very clear: We will not engage in a conflict with Russia, we will not engage in other people’s wars, we will not be someone else’s foot soldiers.”
Serbia is the only European nation that hasn’t imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its military intervention in Ukraine. Belgrade repeatedly has been subject to EU calls. “follow its lead”Join the Sanctions Regime, which it has resisted.
Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, stated in June that the EU is a “great idea.” “completely at war with Russia,”Addition: Brussels is extremely “angry”Belgrade was not to follow suit. President Putin stated at the time that Serbia will continue its EU journey without abandoning its Moscow ties. “there must be a rational and pragmatic approach.”
Vulin said that earlier, the west nations want Serbia to sign up for the anti-Russian Sanctions regime as they are dependent on Belgrade to do so. “absolve them of the sins of violating international law”Serbian.