Vojislav Šešelj, the leader of the Serb Radical Party calls on the Serbian government to claim Ukraine’s Ambassador Oleksandr Oleksandrovych persona non grata. The politician who runs the major pro-Russian political force in Serbia said this during the Parliament session on Thursday – as quoted by Danas outlet.
‘We should just quickly expel him out of Serbia,’ Šešelj said, adding that Oleksandrovych ‘insulted the Serb people’.
In his recent interview with Balkan Insight, Ukraine’s ambassador in Serbia claimed Belgrade pays ‘not enough attention’ to the fact that Serbian mercenaries serve with Russian fighters in the Donbas conflict. He also charged Russia with using Serbia’s friendly stance to destabilize the political and security situation in the Western Balkans.
Serbian foreign ministry outraged at Oleksandrovych’s words, claiming that the Ukrainian official aims for deterioration of Russia-Serbia relations. The authority said the diplomat violated the Vienna convention and threatened with certain ‘measures’ against Oleksandrovych.
Recently, Ukraine’s Security Service released information, according to which, over 300 Serbian citizens have been fighting alongside Russian militants in Donbas, - including those six serving within the Wagner Group.
In 2003-2016, Vojislav Šešelj, the found and the leader of the Serb Radical Party, was a defendant in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Charged with war crimes in 2003, he was provisionally released in 2014 due to health reasons. In 2016, his political force participated in the parliamentary election, gaining roughly 8 percent of seats in the Parliament.