BELGRADE – Serbia’s president has accused the European Union of establishing humiliating conditions for the Balkan country’s membership, RFE/RL reports.

Tomislav Nikolic told visiting Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar on October 24 that Serbia would move to adopt the EU’s fundamental principles and values even though the 28-nation bloc is in “crisis.”

Nikolic did not say which EU conditions he finds humiliating, but he may have been referring to demands from some EU members for Serbia to recognize Kosovo as an independent country.

Serbia, a traditional ally of Russia, wants to join the EU, but has steadfastly refused to recognize Kosovo’s independence. Belgrade also has been under intense pressure from the Kremlin to reconsider its bid to join the EU.

Moreover, Moscow has backed Serbia in its dispute with the West over Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

Nikolic on a visit to Moscow earlier this month told TASS that Serbia would never agree to recognize Kosovo as a condition of joining the EU.