31 August 2022
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic said today that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement that by not imposing sanctions on Russia, “Serbia supports its attack on Ukraine” is not friendly and further aggravates Serbia’s position, Beta Agency reported.
Zorana Mihajlovic said in an interview with Beta that Lavrov’s attempt to show that Serbia supports the attack on Ukraine, despite having voted for the UN resolution condemning the invasion, puts Serbia in an additional awkward position.
Serbia is under pressure and a friend should really be a friend and not make things worse, said Mihajlovic, who is also the minister of mining and energy.
During last week’s visit of Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin to Russia, Lavrov said Moscow and Belgrade were consistently committed to the principles of indivisibility and equal security of all countries “both in the Balkans and in the situation provoked by the West in Ukraine.” .
Mihajlovic, reacting to yesterday’s announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that “in the changed geopolitical circumstances, everyone would like Serbia to be on their side, but Serbia has its side.”
In her words, the independent position of Serbia is expressed in making decisions that are independent not only in relation to one country, but in relation to all.
Serbia is the only country, not counting Belarus, that did not impose sanctions on Russia, but on the other hand voted for the UN resolution condemning the attack on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which means that it is not for sanctions, but not for war, said Mihajlovic, quoted by BTA.
She added that the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia shows what it thinks of her, and her statement says what she thinks about Russia’s attitude towards Serbia.
Russia defends its interests, I defend the interests of Serbia. They think that Serbia can be a training ground for settling scores, and I think it can’t, added Mihajlovic.