Vladimir Biličík, the European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia, said late on Sunday that the country's joint military exercise with Belarus and Russia did not help Belgrade's integration with the European Union, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported.
Nevertheless, Belgrade diplomacy demanded the EU help ahead of the inter-governmental EU – Serbia conference due on June 22 in Luxembourg, Bilčík recalled on his Twitter account.
As ?? diplomacy is seeking??support in the run-up to political IGC on #enlargement, the news of joint Russian-Belorusian-Serbian Slavic Brotherhood military drills are not helpful. European perspective is also about clear foreign policy choices, especially in today’s geopolitics.
— Vladimír Bilčík MEP (@VladoBilcik) June 13, 2021
Brussels hasn’t opened a single chapter, or cluster, in accession talks with Belgrade in 18 months, unhappy about Serbia’s reforms in the rule of law and media freedom areas.
Last week, the state RTS TV cited its EU’s sources saying no new cluster would be open this month either.
Serbia, Belarus, and Russia participate in the ‘Slav Brotherhood 2021’ military exercise in Krasnodar, in southwest Russia.
Serbia’s Defence Ministry’s website says, ‘Slavic Brotherhood 2021 is a tactical exercise of special units with live ammunition, including counter-terrorist tasks.
Last week, Serbia joined the EU Declaration condemning the redirection of a Ryanair’s plane to Minsk and the arrest of journalist Roman Protashevich, but that did not harm Belarus – Serbia relations.