Serbia’s Decision on Sanctions Will Define Relations with the EU

European Parliament rapporteur for Serbia Vladimir Bilcik said on Friday (25.02) that the Serbian authorities’ decision not to impose sanctions on Russia following its attack on Ukraine will define the country’s relations with the European Union.

“Everyone should understand that Serbia’s choice not to join the European Union sanctions is a defining foreign policy decision for much broader relations between the EU and Serbia”, Bilcik said in a Twitter post.

Putin’s attack against Ukraine is a watershed moment for the Western Balkans”, the MEP wrote.

Carl Bildt, the European Union special envoy for the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, said that Serbia’s official stand on the Russian invasion of Ukraine disqualified it from the EU accession process. “With this stance, Serbia de facto disqualified itself from the EU accession process. There should be no room for new EU members not sharing our fundamental values and interests”, the former Swedish Prime Minister said.