Russia Today (RT), which is banned in the EU, will shortly open a representative office in Serbia.
The move has been strongly criticised by Klemen Groselj, a member of the European Parliament. Quoted by Nova.rs he said: “It’s terrible news for me. This shows that (Serbia’s president) Vucic increasingly ceases to be a pro-European politician and becomes the opposite. Unfortunately, this is the reality we have in Serbia”.
He pointed out that, during the last debate in the European Parliament, some MPs proposed that the report on Serbia should also block accession negotiations and financial support.
“After things like this that I hear, it will probably increase in the autumn. If the situation in Ukraine worsens further, there will certainly be an official call from the EP to freeze negotiations and financial resources from the EU for Serbia.
“Serbia is a sovereign state, but it decided to join the community called the EU, and that is why it is difficult for us to understand that it is going against that community and has different foreign policy priorities,” and adds that it is very difficult to justify Serbia’s position.
In response to a statement that research shows that anti-European sentiment is growing in Serbia, Groselj pointed out that this should be viewed through the fact that the “Russian model” of media reporting is now dominant in Serbia.