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Serbia: EU, membership entails no deals with non-EU entities

'Country will have to renounce agreement with the Eurasian Union

30 August, 11:19
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, AUGUST 30 - Serbia will have to exit the announced agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union on the same day as the country joins the EU, according to European Commission sources cited by Belgrade-based media. "Serbia can make agreements with other states or other organizations before joining the EU. However, as part of the accession negotiations, Serbia has committed itself to withdraw from all bilateral trade agreements on the same day of EU membership", the Brussels sources said. "If you become part of a single EU market, you get equal rights but common rules must be respected." In a recent meeting with the Russian ambassador in Belgrade, Aleksandr Botsan-Kharcenko, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Serbia and the Eurasian Economic Union would sign an agreement on October 25. This deal would guarantee Serbia access to a market of 180 million people. Serbia, which has always had ties of friendship with Russia, has refused to adopt any sanction against Moscow so far. (ANSA)
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