Fearing Military Threat, Welcoming Energy Investment, Serbia Sides With Russia in Sanctions Battle
Serbia, which plans to join the European Union by 2020, is siding with its traditional ally Russia in its sanctions battle with the West. Offering Belgrade a lucrative gas pipeline deal, Russian President Vladimir Putin is masterfully using a carrot-and-stick strategy in the Balkans.
Most eastern European countries have no desire to be pulled into a face-off with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic spoke for his country and others in the region when he said a country can’t implement sanctions against another bigger and stronger than itself.
Serbia, which would like to become a member of the European Union by 2020, is under pressure from Brussels to join in E.U. sanctions against Russia, but Moscow is keeping Serbia, it’s traditional ally in the Balkans, at its side by using both a carrot and a stick.
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