EU on 'Pantsir S1': We expect Serbia to adjust policy; US warns about sanctions

EU on 'Pantsir S1': We expect Serbia to adjust policy; US warns about sanctions

EU on 'Pantsir S1': We expect Serbia to adjust policy; US warns about sanctions Izvor: Shuterstock

To advance in the Euro-integration, Serbia needs to adjust its foreign policy with the European Union's one as stipulated by the negotiating framework, the Voice of America (VOA) reported on Tuesday, quoting Peter Stano, a spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policies Joseph Borrell.

Asked by VOA about the most recent Serbia's purchase of the anti-aircraft defence Patsir S1 system, Stano said that "Serbia defines the integration into the EU as its strategic priority. We expect Serbia to act following the obligations it undertook."

Commenting on Serbia's purchase the Russian anti-aircraft Pantsir S1 system, the US State Department told VOA that "we call on all our allies and partners to give up the transactions with Russia which could lead to the sanctions under 'Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act' (CAATSA).

 Earlier, Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges III, a former commander in chief of the US ground forces, told VOA he did not see the point that defence system would have in Serbia.

"I'm wondering what these systems are for? Who Serbia believes it should protect itself from? The West is tirelessly trying to find ways to come closer to Serbia. And it doesn't present any danger to it," Hodges said.

The EU officials, as well as many European Commission's documents on how Serbia, as a candidate country, progresses towards the full membership, have recommended Belgrade to adjust its foreign policy priories more to that of the EU.

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