Vucic: priorities are agreement with Pristina, avoiding conflicts in Bosnia

Source: Tanjug / Andrija Vukelić

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday that the situation in the world is complex, but that a small country with problems with its territorial integrity must count on that, and that Serbia's goal is to maintain peace and stability "at almost any cost".

At the beginning of the meeting with the representatives of the National Convention on the European Union (NCEU), on the topics of Serbia's foreign policy and the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, he said that it was crucial to reach an agreement with Pristina and not to ignite “passions” in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“The case of Armenia and Azerbaijan has shown how dangerous frozen conflicts are, which has also shown the absolute impotence of the international community… No one can do anything but make two statements, and that is a lesson to us, that there are numerous strong particular interests and that we must be ready to save our country at all times,” Vucic said.

Speaking about the recently signed agreement in Washington, Vucic estimated that because of that, he will be able to “knock on the door” of any American senator, congressman or White House at any time and that he will continue to maintain very good relations with Russia.

“Over the last five years, Serbia is not only the absolute leader of the Western Balkans but also one of the best countries in Europe, in terms of economic growth, public debt rate… We succeeded because we believed in our work, despite everyone's scepticism,” he said.

Vucic added that in the first seven months of the current year, Serbia achieved an “unrealistic result” in terms of foreign investments during the pandemic.

He sees “very difficult, very bad” talks on the topic of Kosovo as the most important tasks in the upcoming period, further aggravated by the EU's mild attitudes towards Pristina. He also said that he would continue to insist on the dialogue, on the preservation of the Serb population in Kosovo, with an estimate that currently some 95,000 Serbs live in that area.

“These people live from dady to day… That is why, for as long as I'm President, I will do my best to get closer to a compromise solution, although it seems to me that we have never been further, least of which was Serbia's fault,” Vucic said.