Professor: Vucic knows what the Athens meeting is about

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Retired professor from the Belgrade University Faculty of Political Sciences Cedomir Cupic told the N1 show New Day that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic “probably knows what the meeting in Athens in about,” and that this is why he said it would be a difficult one.

Vucic has been invited by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to an informal dinner party on Monday evening in Athens, which will be attended by leaders of the Western Balkans region, including Kosovo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Serbian President said on Friday that, following his visit to Hungary over the weekend, he is going “someplace else,” where the representatives of all Western Balkans countries, wider region and Brussels will be present. He also said that the strongest and greatest pressures will be exerted on Belgrade over the next few days and weeks.

Cupic said it was irresponsible of a president of a state of to say he does not know where he is going and what awaits him there.

“The purpose of every meeting is always defined. It is probably very difficult for him to publicly say what it will be about, probably some closing matters in everything that has been happening in the past in terms of the European Union’s (EU) attitude toward Serbia and Vucic. It’ll probably be about talks nearing completion, Serbia will be served a bill, it will have to decide on what it will do in the coming period,” Cupic said.

He said two topics are on the agenda.

“In my opinion, one topic is that of relations with Russia, sanctions, and the other will probably involve Kosovo and the resolving of the Kosovo problem, that is what the EU and the West are expecting from Serbia in the coming period, I guess we are coming to an end, Serbia is to finally take a stand on these two issues, that is why he has announced a difficult meeting, he knows what it is going to be about,” said Cupic.

“The ground needs to be prepared, you can’t just say something suddenly, for years he has not shared with us anything about contacts, demands, at one point all that will surface, when final decisions are made,” he said.

Cupic voiced his opinion that Vucic has taken all power into his hands.

“He decides on everything, he runs the economy, he is on television every day, he has the need to address the public from Budapest where he went for a celebration…During the Covid pandemic he said he was responsible for life and death in Serbia,” said Cupic.