Serbia is once again "little Russia" - analyst
Source: Tanjug, TV Pink
BELGRADE -- Analyst and former ambassador in France Predrag Simić says that when it comes to the Ukraine crisis, "Serbia has for now avoided serious consequences."
But he noted that this was true "except in one case which refers to the South Stream project."
According to him, this project has been "pushed to some future," while it will become evident by the end of the year whether the start of membership negotiations with the European Union will also suffer "because of some views on Serbia coming from the west."
Simić, who now teaches at the Faculty of Political Sciences, told the TV Pink broadcaster that after the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis and the shooting down of a Malaysian airplane "the United States wants to change the balance of power so as to sever the ties and weaken the Russian influence in European countries, especially in Germany."
For the U.S., it is important that Russia is held at a distance from Europe, and to, at the same time, maintain its own presence there, said Simić.
In all this, he believes that "Serbia has great significance - because it has so far shown the most sympathy for Russia, regardless of being officially neutral."
Simić also told the broadcaster that Serbia is now "once again, in some way, little Russia - or a metaphor of Russia" and that there is "nervousness and tension in the public both at home and abroad."
He added that "at this moment top domestic officials want to preserve ties with Russia, as they believe that the integration of Serbia into Europe is, after all, a distant prospect."
"If Serbia joined the countries that have implemented sanctions toward Russia it would be very cold in Serbia this coming winter," asserted Simić.
petak 25.07.2014 | 13:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A document was signed on Friday approving EUR 30 million in grants-in-aid from the IPA funds for recovery of the 24 flood-hit municipalities in Serbia.
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BELGRADE -- Special adviser to the Serbia government Franco Frattini considers Serbia's role as a bridge between the EU and Moscow to be "very important."
petak 25.07.2014 | 10:08 | Source: B92, RTS | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Nobody has the right lecture Serbia, especially not those who "brought our own territorial integrity into question," said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić.
četvrtak 24.07.2014 | 16:50 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić signed on Thursday a book of condolences at the Dutch embassy in Belgrade, Tanjug reported.
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NOVI SAD -- Leader of the opposition DS party Bojan Pajtić says he is not considering stepping down as head of the provincial government in Vojvodina.
četvrtak 24.07.2014 | 12:10 | Source: Beta, Blic | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić has responded to reports that Vuk Jeremić is a nominee for the top UN job by saying Serbia has not yet nominated anyone.
četvrtak 24.07.2014 | 11:15 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- 100 years after Austria-Hungary’s ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, Austrian Ambassador Johannes Eigner says it was "written so it could not be accepted."
četvrtak 24.07.2014 | 09:36 | Source: RTS | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A community of Serb municipalities in Kosovo is entering a phase where its "fundamental establishment should finally begin," says Marko Đurić.
sreda 23.07.2014 | 17:57 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The U.S. respects the traditional friendship between Serbia and Russia, U.S. Ambassador Michael Kirby told Beta in an interview, the agency reported.
sreda 23.07.2014 | 16:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Ministry of Defense will continue to promote defense cooperation with the U.S. army, including joint military exercises and training of troops.
sreda 23.07.2014 | 14:42 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić has said that Serbia strongly condemns the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger airplane in Ukraine last week.
sreda 23.07.2014 | 13:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić said on Wednesday that "no one speaks the language of ultimatums to Serbia today - nor would he personally allow something of the kind."
sreda 23.07.2014 | 12:20 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has until September 1 to decide whether to impose sanctions against Russia and so join the EU or maintain its current neutral position, a daily writes.
sreda 23.07.2014 | 10:12 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Marko Đurić says he is "stunned by the statement of Edita Tahiri" that an agreement was reached "to remove the barricades" from a bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica.
utorak 22.07.2014 | 16:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Defense Minister Bratislav Gašić has said that Serbia's position on the situation in Israel and Ukraine was "clear."
utorak 22.07.2014 | 15:16 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A report of the special investigative team headed by U.S. prosecutor Clint Williamson will confirm the objectivity of EU institutions, says Aleksandar Vučić.
utorak 22.07.2014 | 14:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić Tuesday received the letters of credence from the new Ambassador of China in Belgrade, Li Manchang.
utorak 22.07.2014 | 09:40 | Source: Beta, Večernje novosti | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Serbia on October 19 and take part in ceremonies marking 70 years since the liberation of Belgrade in WW2.
utorak 22.07.2014 | 09:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
ZUBIN POTOK -- Serbs representatives in Kosovo held a protest rally in Zubin Potok on Monday, and warned they would "consider the possibility of leaving Kosovo institutions."
ponedeljak 21.07.2014 | 14:38 | Source: Tanjug, TV Pink | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has voted for a new social system - and it is capitalism, Serbia's Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić noted over the weekend.
ponedeljak 21.07.2014 | 13:42 | Source: Tanjug, TV Pink | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Office for Kosovo Director Marko Đurić says that the situation in Kosovska Mitrovica will be the main topic of a meeting planned for Tuesday in Brussels.
ponedeljak 21.07.2014 | 12:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EU diplomats are reportedly "concerned" that Hashim Thaci's DPK party insists on remaining in power "at any cost" - or force new elections.
ponedeljak 21.07.2014 | 09:29 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia opted to participate in the Kosovo authorities and take on responsibility and expects Serbs to be given ministerial posts, says Marko Đurić.