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Serbia alters its foreign policy in response to EU’s stance on Kosovo, says Vucic

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday that fundamental and profound changes will enter Serbia’s foreign policy after the Council of Europe voted to approve Kosovo’s membership.

Vucic’s remarks came after the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe approved Kosovo’s request for membership in the Council and referred it to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Vucic said, “We will work on this with the elements of interest in bilateral relations in foreign policy, and not exceeding the limits of reciprocity. If someone does not respect our territorial integrity, why should we respect their integrity?” “Why should we protect someone’s territorial integrity at all costs if he is against us? These are not radical changes, but deep and fundamental changes in politics and a responsible attitude towards our country.”

Vucic thanked Hungary, Spain, the Greek Cypriot administration for Southern Cyprus, Romania, Azerbaijan and Georgia for not voting for Kosovo.

“People who have upheld public international law and the United Nations Charter – we must not forget what they have done for us and we must always know that these countries come before all others,” he said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic, said that Serbia will change its attitude towards countries that have abstained.

All this will affect our position in the future. Montenegro, for example, can abstain and show some respect to our problems. Montenegro supported Kosovo’s request. They will need our vote, but they should no longer expect a positive approach from us,” Dacic said.

Dacic said Serbia was surprised by the approach of Ukraine and Hungary.

On Monday, Dacic called approval of the request a disgrace.

He claimed that the process would also harm the dialogue talks between Belgrade and Pristina to normalize relations.

“This decision definitely represents the ‘twilight’ of the Charter of the Council of Europe, because it is the first time that a request has been made for land that is not a country and is not recognized by the United Nations,” Dacic said.

European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said the bloc’s institutions had indicated that Serbia had voted against accepting Kosovo’s application for membership of the Council of Europe.

Kosovo’s application for membership in the Council of Europe

Kosovo announced on Monday that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has approved its membership application and forwarded it to PACE.

Spain, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus, Hungary and Azerbaijan voted against the request.

Greece, Slovakia, Moldova, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina abstained while Germany, Andorra, Albania, Austria, Belgium, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Croatia, Netherlands, Iceland and Ireland supported Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia. Turkey app.

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