In a lengthy interview with the Belgrade O2 TV, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said general elections would be held on April 26, or May 3, although he wanted them in March, but accepted Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to postpone them as long as possible according to the Constitution, the FoNet news agency reported late on Monday.
Commenting on recent affairs that rocked the country, Vucic said that in the story of shady arms trade from the Krusik ammunition factory revealed by Aleksandar Obradovic, the only issue was lower prices for private companies, one of which the whistleblower linked to Serbia’s top leaders, but that they were only two-three percent lower and that the state carried only about selling arms.
He denied any role of Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic whose father acted as a legal advisor of the private GIM arms trader, saying that the licences for that business were issued by several institutions.
Vucic said that the affair imposed huge damage to Krusik and that factory would have a hard time to return its reputation.
Referring to another year-long affair about the Finance Minister Sinisa Mali plagiarised doctorate, the President said although „at one point his career and his achievements“ were more important to him than the unity with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Vucic said he still respected Mali as an expert, young and responsible man. But added he could not be sure that Mali would do something against his interest for the benefit of the party.
He added he would see that another scandal about the plants of marijuana inside a state-supported health food farm Jovanjica was investigated to the end.
The President said that he was not confident that Serbia would be accepted by the European Union even if Belgrade reached a compromise with Pristina on the normalisation of relations, adding his country would stay on the European path.
Regarding the resumption of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue, Vucic said he had no idea when it would happen.