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Serbia not to introduce sanctions against Russia due to annexation of Crimea

Russian and Serbian leaders met in Moscow to discuss wide range of political and economic issues
08:36, 20 December 2017

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Belgrade has no intentions to join the EU and U.S. sanctions against the Kremlin because of the illegal occupation of Crimea, which occurred in late February 2014. Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said that after his negotiations with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on December 19.

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According to The Balkan Insight, the sides exchanged courtesies, showing mutual support in the burning external policy issues. Vucic ‘thanked Russia for vetoing a 2015 UN resolution, which would have classified the Bosnian Serb massacre of Bosniaks [Bosnian Muslims] in Srebrenica in 1995 as an act of genocide (…)  He also thanked Putin for supporting Serbia’s "territorial integrity" on the issue of Kosovo, the mainly ethnic Albanian former province of Serbia whose unilaterally declared independence in 2008 Serbia rejects’. The outlet adds that the Serbian leader ‘re-affirmed Serbia's existing position on Crimea, which is not to join EU or US sanctions on Russia imposed because of the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine’.

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The two leaders agreed to sign the gas agreement, which will stay in force until 2021. The bill allows Russia to deliver up to 5 billion cubic meters of gas to Serbia annually.

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