Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic told Euronews on Tuesday he was weary of the lectures the European leaders gave him about Belgrade's close relations with Moscow and Beijing, adding his country remained committed to the EU integration despite the delay in the accession process, the Srna news agency reported.
He added that "then I see all others meeting with Xi Jinping and (Vladimir) Putin more often than I."
"Do your job; you're sovereign states. Serbia is a sovereign state. We do what is the best for our people and country is," Vucic told Euronews at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Asked who would he choose between the EU and Russia if he had to, Serbia's President said that the Western media did not understand that Belgrade – Moscow relation was beneficial to the Serb people and Serbia.
"I always tell Putin, and I don't hide it like many other politicians from the EU who forget where they come from when they see him… I tell him (Putin) that we are on the European path and that it is our strategic goal. However, that doesn't mean that if we join the EU, we will cut off our links with either Russia or China," Vucic said.
He added he would not bring wrong decisions to make happy either Brussels or Moscow and that he did not know whether Serbia would be a part of the EU in three, five, seven years, but that he would preserve relations that were good for his people.
"Serbia is not particularly enthusiastic, but we are still committed to the EU membership because we see no alternative. We've been on that road for 20 years already. I think that besides Turkey no other country has been waiting that long," Vucic told Euronews.
He said that the unsolved issue with Kosovo wasn't the only obstacle to Serbia's further integration, adding that the lack of the EU and Western partners' incentives contributed to the delay of the process.
Vucic also said Serbia would have to wait for the EU decision on whether it wanted Serbia in the bloc.