A large number of journalists from the West arrived in Serbia, Belgrade was “endlessly” persuaded not to receive Lavrov, Vučić said. He noted that the visits of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry to Turkey do not cause such a reaction. ” alt=”Vučić announced requests to cancel Lavrov's visit to Serbia” />
The Serbian authorities are not surprised that the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had to be postponed,— Belgrade was under attack because of the minister's plans to visit the republic, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an interview with RTS (Radio and Television of Serbia).
“You cannot understand how many countless negotiations there were, in whom Serbia was asked to cancel the reception of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, — said Vucic.
The Serbian president pointed out that “more Western media has arrived in the country in the last 24 hours than ever before.” According to Vučić, they planned to photograph him with Lavrov in order to use the pictures to attack Belgrade. However, those who have criticized Serbia for wanting to host Lavrov are not doing the same to Turkey, a member of NATO, when the Russian Foreign Minister intends to visit Ankara. Vučić noted that there is no criticism of a number of EU leaders when they meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“You won’t [criticize Turkey], because you can only be so ruthless in relation to such small countries as Serbia,” — Vučić says. He also talked about the “bad feeling” due to the current situation in the world.
Commenting on the call of Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic not to “sit on two chairs” and decide on the side, Vučić noted that the Croatian side makes statements in a mentoring tone, and not in a good neighborly one. “They don't speak— I would like our friends from Serbia to be with us in something. These would be different words, — Vucic said.
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Lavrov's visit to Serbia was supposed to take place on June 6–7, but on June 5, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia decided not to let the minister's government plane through. She emphasized: “Countries— EU and NATO members closed their airspace, closed another channel of communication. Lavrov called the incident unthinkable and expressed the opinion that Serbia had been deprived of the right to conduct an independent foreign policy towards Russia.
The decision to deny access to Lavrov's plane was made due to the sanctions imposed against it, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry explained. The European Union imposed sanctions against the Russian Foreign Minister at the end of February. It was said in Moscow that the head of the Foreign Ministry had no accounts “anywhere abroad”.
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