BELGRADE – Serbia’s hypothetical admission to the European Union will not yield any advantages, Serbia’s honorary consul in St. Petersburg, Gennady Timchenko, told TASS First Deputy Director-General in an interview.

Serbia’s current economic position is grave, he said.

“As far as I understand, it is hard to exist in Europe without being integrated in the European economic system,” Timchenko said. “But I believe that Serbia will not gain anything from it (hypothetical admission).”

“Industries will begin to be closed down. There will occur what has happened in Ukraine,” Timchenko speculated. “I believe that the pro-European trend is not very correct.”

Timchenko believes that Russia and Serbia must develop bilateral relations.

“I am certain that we will be able to build economic relations in a way that would benefit Serbia and Russia,” he said.