BELGRADE – Serbian Radical Party (SRS) leader Vojislav Seselj said Tuesday that he has informed Prime Minister-designate Aleksandar Vucic that the SRS will not be part of the future government.

Speaking to reporters in the parliament building after consultations with Vucic on the new government, Seselj said that he told the prime minister-designate straight away that the SRS is ready for cooperation and a coalition agreement on condition that he and his government abandon the policy of EU accession and shift their objective to integration with Russia.

“A solution could be found for everything if he gives up on the EU, and that is what I insisted on. It is an abyss between us that cannot be bridged without a change in the government policy,” Seselj said, noting that Vucic was disappointed with his position.

He said that they also discussed a variety of other, mostly economy-related topics and that Vucic presented the core of the future government’s economic policy.

When asked how the encounter with Vucic felt after eight years, Seselj responded that it was like they were meeting for the first time, and added that they did not discuss the past.