German FM ahead of Serbian elections: We are watching carefully

NEWS 05.12.202319:36
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Ahead of the Serbian parliamentary elections, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expressed “deep concern over the nationalist propaganda tendencies” in Serbia.

There cannot be grey zones in Europe, said Baerbock when asked at a media conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to comment on the coming December 17 parliamentary elections in Serbia and Russia’s influence in the country.

At a time when the Russian president, who in his imperial madness is attacking not only Ukraine, but also peace in Europe, it must be clear that we advocate peace, said the German Minister, adding that this was proved by 55 states at a recent OSCE meeting in Skopje and that it applies even more to the European Union (EU). Our cooperation is our life insurance, stressed Baerbock.

Commenting on the Serbian leadership’s attitude toward the EU and its close ties with Russia, Bearbock said: “When we talk about enlargement, it’s crucial that you cannot sit on two chairs at the same time.” Accession negotiations must be accompanied by commitment to peace, security and EU values, she said.

That is why I am deeply concerned over the latest developments, especially in Serbia, regarding the nationalist propaganda tendencies, added the German Foreign Minister.

She explained that Serbia’s position is also affecting its cooperation with the European Union.

That also means that we are carefully watching the new elections in Serbia, said Baerbock, stressing that the Serbian Government must implement the OSCE recommendations regarding democratic institutions and human rights.

She highlighted the failure to guarantee equal access to the media for all political candidates, the pressure on the voters and abuse of public office and resources by the Serbian Government. That is why, when it comes to these elections, it is very important that we carefully monitor these things, said Baerbock.