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Dacic: Belgrade dissatisfied with small number of chapters opened

January 13, 2020

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Monday that official Belgrade is dissatisfied with the fact that it has opened 18 of the 35 chapters in its pre-accession negotiations with the European Union.

He said the fact that just 18 chapters were opened is caused by the fact that progress on the road to EU membership is evaluated on the basis of progress in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, not progress in implementing reforms.  

“We’re not disputing the objections from the EU but Serbia’s progress in European integration is not determined on the basis of implemented reforms but primarily on the basis of progress in relations with Pristina. If there’s progress in the dialogue, we can talk. If there is no progress, then we open on chapter, two at most,” he said.  

The Foreign Minister said that Serbia’s first priority is to protect national and state interests and its main political goal is EU membership. The problem are demands which affect Serbia’s state and national interests. “We can’t impose sanctions on Russia to join the EU because that is not in our interest. On the other hand, some Western countries have better relations with Russia than we do,” Dacic said, adding that Serbia will not conduct policies harmful to its national and state interests. He said that no one has set recognition of Kosovo as a condition and added that Serbia certainly won’t recognize Kosovo without a compromise.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a560285/Dacic-Belgrade-dissatisfied-with-small-number-of-chapters-opened.html

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