Vucic: Independent foreign policy and European integration

Serbia will continue to pursue an independent foreign policy, which is fully in line with European integration as the country's strategic commitment, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday at a Belgrade conference titled "The EU and Serbia: Shared Destiny."

15 Oktobar 2019 19:43

BELGRADE - Serbia will continue to pursue an independent foreign policy, which is fully in line with European integration as the country's strategic commitment, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday at a Belgrade conference titled "The EU and Serbia: Shared Destiny."

In a conversation with Herman Van Rompuy, who has served as PM of Belgium and the first permanent president of the European Council, Vucic said that, without a doubt, the two objectives were not interfering with each other.

Vucic said this in response to a question from moderator Natasa Dragojlovic from the National Convention on the EU, who noted Vucic had recently said in New York that European integration was Serbia's strategic goal but also stressed the significance of strengthening Serbia's independence in terms of foreign policy.

"If you analyse the situation within the EU, you see that every country has the right of veto on various matters and that this ensures independent status to those countries," Vucic said.

He said he had also insisted on this for other reasons as Serbia had occasionally been lectured by people from various organisations and institutions of some countries, especially concerning its relationship with China and, to a slightly lesser extent, concerning its relations with Russia and Turkey.


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