Serbian Deputy Prime Minister saw a positive side in the cancellation of the visit of Sergei Lavrov. According to her, the arrival of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry would put Belgrade and Alexander Vucic in a difficult position
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia Zorana Mihajlovic positively assessed the cancellation of the visit of the Foreign Minister to the country Russia Sergey Lavrov. According to her, the minister's visit would put Belgrade in a difficult position.
“The very announcement of the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov became a complication for Serbia and President Aleksandar Vucic. We are trying to survive energetically, financially and politically in a really difficult time, and I think the last thing we need is to have the world's problems solved through our backs, — she said (quote from Politika.rs).
According to Mihajlovic, people in Belgrade constantly hear that “Serbia— Russia's best friend. “If they are our friends, <…> you shouldn't have planned to come at this moment, — considers the Deputy Prime Minister.
Lavrov's visit to Serbia was to take place on June 6-7. However, shortly before this, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, reported that Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia decided not to let the minister’s government plane through: “The EU and NATO member countries closed their airspace, closed another communication channel.”
The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry explained that the decision to deny access to Lavrov's aircraft was made due to EU sanctions imposed against him. Montenegro, in turn, said that such a step was inevitable for Podgorica, it was explained by the commitment to the country's obligations. They thought that Lavrov could go to Belgrade by train, since the railway connection between Moscow and the capital of Serbia is not limited.
According to Vučić, Belgrade was under attack because of the planned arrival of Lavrov. “You cannot understand how many countless negotiations there were in which Serbia was asked to cancel the reception of the Russian Foreign Minister,” — he said.
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Lavrov called the incident “unthinkable” outrageous. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “such hostile actions” do not interfere with Russia's contacts with other countries.
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