'We did not recognize Crimea as a part of Russia. If we did it, it would mean that we support the independence of Kosovo. But put yourself in our shoes. Who supports our territorial integrity among the permanent members of the UN Security Council? Russia. Can we shoot in our own leg?', he noted.
At the same time, Vucic reminded that in 2014 Belgrade did not support the sanctions against Moscow, however, it clearly states about its European ambitions.
According to him, European integration of Serbia and good relations with Russia do not contradict each other.
Earlier we reported that U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo claimed that he will never recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Crimea was annexed by Russia by way of the illegal referendum that was held at the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier the Russian militaries that stayed there without any marking conquered all strategic military objects and building of the force and state bodies. The results of the referendum were not recognized by Ukraine and the world society. The number of the European and world countries, including Ukraine imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.