October 2, 2022

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“Serbia does not forget the centenary brotherhood” – Mures News, Targu Mures News

The Ministry of the Interior of Serbia stated that the holder of the position, Aleksandar Vulin, conveyed unequivocally to the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, that his country did not join the European sanctions against the Kremlin, nor does it participate in what the institution called “anti-Russian hysteria”.
Vulin met in Moscow with Lavrov, to whom he told him that he regretted “deeply” the fact that a planned June visit of the Russian foreign minister to Belgrade became impossible “as a result of the decision of other countries”, the Serbian ministry said in a statement .
The Serbian Ministry was referring to the difficulties that Lavrov faced when he wanted to travel to Serbia, given that, due to the sanctions imposed on Russia as a result of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, almost all of European airspace is closed to Russian planes.
“Serbia, led by President Aleksandar Vucic, does not forget the century-old brotherhood (with Russia) and is the only country in Europe that has not imposed sanctions on Russia,” said Vulin, according to the press release published on the website of the Serbian Ministry of Interior.
In another statement, the ministry informed that Vulin also met with the Russian Deputy Minister of Defense, Aleksandr Fomin, with whom he established that the two countries should continue cooperation in the field of security.
The Russian Minister of Defense, General Serghei ┼×oigu, decorated Vulin for his contribution to the cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense, it is added in the press release of the Serbian Ministry of the Interior.
Separately, the government in Belgrade accused it of suspending the accounts of several of its embassies without any explanation, describing the blocking as “censorship” of the diplomatic missions of a democratic country, which is not subject to any sanctions.
In a statement, the Serbian Foreign Ministry mentions that, since August 18, the accounts of the Serbian embassies in Armenia, Iran, Indonesia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Kuwait, as well as that of the consulate general in Chicago, are blocked.
There was “no argument, no previous message, indicating possible violations of the rules of communication on this social network”, the note of the Serbian MFA states.
Diplomacy from Belgrade reminds that Serbia is a candidate country for the European Union and that, for this reason, it has political and democratic standards that include freedom of the press, in accordance with “the highest European principles”.
“Therefore, it is absurd that several of our diplomatic and consular representations should be censored in a social network that claims to promote democracy and pluralism of opinions”, the press release states.
The Serbian MFA requested the unblocking of its accounts and added that it hoped the blocking “is not part of attempts to prevent” Serbia from expressing its views on the situation in Kosovo, a Serbian province that in 2008 unilaterally proclaimed its independence, not recognized by Belgrade.
Serbian media reported last week about the temporary suspension of the Twitter accounts of the director of the Office for Cooperation with Diaspora and Serbs in the Region, former French political scientist Arnaud Guillon, as well as about 10 deputies of the ruling party in Serbia.


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