Moscow finds details about Serbia's Vucic US visit bewildering, daily says

Source: RTS

Russia’s Kommersant daily reported on Tuesday that Moscow had learned the details about Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic meetings in Washington afterwards, adding Moscow’s authorities found them surprising.

The daily said Russia had received the results, which Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson ‘sarcastically’ commented on Facebook, with bewilderment.

Citing several high-ranked Russia’s sources, Kommersant reported that the surprise was less caused by the footage from the White House than with the results of Vucic’s visit during which he met the US President Donald Trump and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti.

“The signing of mutual recognition between Kosovo and Israel witnessed by Vucic essentially legitimise Pristina’s aspirations to self-determination. The Russian authorities seem to have warned Serbia’s President about some parts of the Washington agreement,” the daily reported.

It added that “at the same time, Belgrade has not informed Moscow about parts of the agreement, including the moving of its embassy to Jerusalem, recognition Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation and ban on the Chinese technologies.”  

In the meantime, the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Irinej also said on Tuesday he did not know much more about Vucic’s meetings in Washington besides what he read in the press.

He added that was why he could not say whether the agreements would secure the protections of the church heritage, properties, clergy and believers in Kosovo.

“The only answer SPC accepts is that Kosovo and Metohija is a part of Serbia,” Irinej told website.

He added that was the church’s stand “and nothing has changed.”

“We’ll see in what direction the negotiations between the Serbs and the Albanian sides got, we are still learning about the documents,” the Patriarch said, adding that if SPC received the invitation, it would take part in the negotiations about Kosovo.