Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a working meeting with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, in Belgrade on Wednesday.
At the subsequent press conference, Lavrov stated that “neither Russia nor Serbia impose anything on each other. We never restrict each other from communicating with anyone [else].”
«We know that the European Union, within the framework of the negotiations... Еще with the heads [of EU countries] set a number of conditions for Serbia's accession to the EU, including outward political conditions that relate to sanctions against Russia and recognition of the [Republic of] Kosovo,» the Russian foreign minister added.
Vucic meanwhile said “Serbia will not impose sanctions against the Russian Federation.”
“Serbia is on the European track, but Serbia will build and continue to have the best possible relations with the Russian Federation. Serbia does not want to spoil relations with Russia,” the president stated.
“We are not here to be loved by others, we are here to do what our people and our states need,» added Vucic.
The two-day visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is timed to coincide with the 180th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Serbia.