BRUSSELS – Serbia can play a key role in developing better relations between Russia and the European Union (EU), said Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, according to Euronews.

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The Balkan country has strong historical ties with Russia and therefore it could act as the “connecting bridge” between Moscow and Brussels. Serbia could become an example, where the ideas and moral values of both Russia and the EU could coexist and even thrive, Schulz said. That’s why it’s important for Brussels to work towards granting Serbia EU membership.

Having just returned from his visit to the Balkan country, Schulz said that the EU and Serbia will start the accession process this year, Sputnik reports.