The president and the government of Serbia will address the European Commission (EC) in a letter, looking for answers to a range of questions. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced this late on Monday.
After the Catalan referendum and European Commission’s position that it was illegal, “it must be clear how difficult it is to safeguard Serbia’s independence.”
President Aleksandar Vucic said this on Monday in Belgrade, responding to reporters’ questions during a news conference.
“The question every citizen of Serbia has for the European Union today is: how come that in the case of Catalonia the referendum on independence is not valid, while in the case of Kosovo secession is allowed even without a referendum,” Vucic continued.
“How did you proclaim the secession of Kosovo to be legal, even without a referendum, and how did 22 European Union countries legalize this secession, while destroying European law and the foundations of European law, on which the European policy and EU policy are based?,” Vucic asked.
Tanjug is reporting that Vucic went on to “publicly ask” how he was supposed to explain European integration of Serbia to Serbian citizens now – “although, without a doubt, Serbia sees its future in the EU, because of the type of society we striving towards, as well as for the sake of a better economy, and for other reasons.”
“So, how come Catalonia cannot, and Kosovo can – there will never be an answer on this given to the Serbs,” Vucic noted.
The global centers of power played games when they thought they could redraw borders in the Balkans because the region does not belong to the European Union – but now, when the chickens have come home to roost, the situation becomes “very serious,” he observed.
“This is the best example of the double standards and hypocrisy of the world politics,” said Vucic.
He also remarked that during his visit (to Moscow), his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was “interesting to all Western media journalists” – while the meeting with Putin of Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel, the same day, “was not registered by anyone.”
“It must be clear now how difficult it is to safeguard the independence of Serbia,” said Vucic, and added that his message “to everyone putting pressure on our country” was to now take a vacation – “because at least as far as our country is concerned, I will not listen to them anyway – let them deal with the chickens that are back home to roost.”
Serbian Prime Minister said that the letter would be addressed to the EC, after it announced that the cases of Catalonia and Kosovo cannot be compared. According to her, the letter will “above all raise the question – is there one international law applicable to the EU, and another international law applicable to all other countries which are not members of the EU.”
Brnabic made this statement after urgent consultations were held in Belgrade, called earlier in the day by President Aleksandar Vucic.
“Realistically, we have been very surprised by the position of the European Commission, and everything that (its) spokesman has said. We wanted to see how to react in terms of what we should further ask the Commission,” Brnabic told reporters.
“Among the issues will be whether international law is valid for the EU, or if there is some other international law applicable to all other, non-EU countries,” the prime minister said.
“I will travel to Brussels on a previously arranged visit on October 10 and 11, and I will certainly at that time take with me our letter, and this will certainly be one of the topics,” said she.
Brnabic also stated that the letter would be forwarded to all countries that have not recognized the so-called state of Kosovo – “to thank them and let them know how important it is that they did not do it, and how right they had been when they defended international law, and believed in it.”
The prime minister said that the letter would also be sent to those who have recognized Kosovo – in order to ask the same questions – “and perhaps, they will have some answers for Serbia.”