Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Yee says his country “doesn’t oppose Russia’s helping in humanitarian crises and emergencies.”
However, Washington is suspicious of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center in the town of Nis, he told the Belgrade weekly NIN in an interview quoted by Beta.
“I do not know that humanitarian workers in other places need diplomatic immunity. Because of all that, we believe Russia has other intentions with this center,” said Yee, and added:
“There is much publicly available information, but also information that is less public, but the main question is why Russia wants to make this center in Nis, with diplomatic immunity for their personnel. I have not yet heard a good explanation for that.”
Asked how the US would respond if Serbia ended up approving diplomatic immunity for the personnel of the Russian Humanitarian Center, he said Serbia is “a sovereign country.”
“We are not trying to impose our will on any country. But we feel the obligation, as partners, both bilateral and through Partnership for Peace, to share our analyses and advice with President Vucic and the new prime minister, Ana Brnabic, to tell them what we think is going on and what we think the risks are. We will continue to do that but, in the end, it is up to Serbia to decide,” Yee said.