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Serbia, Vucic,'Future of South Stream depends on Eu-Russia'

Meeting Vucic-Merkel:'Serbia will become a symbol of stability'

11 giugno, 20:24
(ANSA) - TRIESTE - The decision about the future of the South Stream pipeline will not depend on Serbia, but on a deal between Russia and the EU, the Serbian Prime Minster Aleksandar Vucic stated in a joint press conference held after the meeting with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Serbian news agency Tanjug reported.

"We have an agreement and a pre-contract signed. Gazprom is the majority owner of Petroleum Industry of Serbia (NIS), so Serbia is in a specific position. We will look to protect Serbian interests, but it also depends on the interests of Europe. You cannot skip EU countries to reach Serbia," Vucic said.

The main topics of the meeting Vucic-Merkel were the relations between the two countries and the Serbian path towards the EU.

Freedom of the media, the potential for attracting more German investors, and the importance of German aid in the aftermath of the devastating floods were issues that were also addressed.

"Serbia will become a symbol of stability", Vucic stated, while underlying that the country was interested in having Germany as an ally and in attracting more of its investors, and that it aims at having good relations with all of its neighbours. "Serbia understands many objections it has faced regarding the recent crisis in Ukraine", Vucic said in an article published in Germany's large-circulation newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in the light of his meeting with Merkel. He added that his country, surprisingly for many, had expressed clear support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, while not imposing sanctions on Russia "due to economic and political reasons".

"We are a small country that wants to solve its problems without encountering conflicts with anyone in the region or elsewhere across the world, focusing on its European future", Vucic underlined, while admitting that Serbian politicians, including himself, did not understand the world around them well in the nineties of the last century. "It is clear that we were defeated at every turn in those nineties and that we are paying the cost of the heavy defeats and the policy pursued then even today", Vucic said while expressing the expectation that, after the Brussels agreement and the deal with Pristina, Serbia would be given a new chance.


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