Serbia's President, Aleksandar Vucic, stated that Serbia suffers a lot because it refuses to impose sanctions on Russia and that life in the country would be significantly better if the country decided to do so. However, he said that Serbia will not do this because it has its independent policy.
Vucic argued that many politicians are trying to abuse the issue.
„Everyone would say that Vucic is announcing the introduction of sanctions. No, we will fight as long as we can to maintain our policy and we are pursuing that policy not because we gain something from not imposing sanctions. This is because I will listen to experts who are pointing out the costs of natural gas, which would be a loss of a billion, while now we are losing billions because of this, not to mention the reduced direct investments and that seven American producers and actors refused to come to make films because we did not impose sanctions on Russia,“ said Vucic.
He reiterated that Serbia knows how unfair the sanctions are and that his country is doing all this out of respect for the law, but also said that the people should know that the state is losing a lot due to it not imposing sanctions on Russia.
Vucic posed the question of why the international community is not bombing Russia now, as it bombed Serbia in 1999, stating that the international community now claims that the current events in Ukraine are „unprecedented on European soil“.
The President said he expected a „normal“ price from the new negotiations with Russia on gas. He added that he had received a promise from Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov that Bulgaria would not cause problems with gas transit to Serbia.