BELGRADE – The Government of the Republic of Serbia is stunned with Croatia’s decision not to support the European path of Serbia. Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic reacted to Croatia’s decision to block the opening of chapters in the negotiations between Serbian and the EU.

“The Government of the Republic of Serbia is stunned with Croatia’s decision not to support Serbia’s European path. The Republic of Croatia did not have a single valid reason for such a decision. Serbia has taken a note of the attitude of the Republic of Croatia’s stance and Serbia will not allow to be blackmailed by anyone in Europe and wold, including the Republic of Croatia, or to be humiliated,” says the statement.

The Prime Minister says that Serbia is a country of libertarian people and will never be “a punching bag” for anyone.

At the meeting of the Committee on EU enlargement in Brussels Croatia did not give consent for the opening of Chapter 23 of the negotiations between Serbia and the EU.

The head of the Serbian negotiating team Tanja Miscevic told Tanjug that Croatian representative “did not have instructions from Zagreb”, so that item on the agenda was passed and left for the next week.

That item will now, as she explained, constantly be placed on the agenda and “will not move, be removed or blocked until the green light is received from Zagreb”.

“We are not sure what is required at this time, but we know that more than this really cannot be done,” said Miscevic.