MEPs: No accession talks if Serbia doesn’t align with sanctions on Russia

NEWS 26.09.2022 21:58
Source: FREDERICK FLORIN / POOL / AFP

The European Union (EU) cannot continue accession talks with Serbia if Belgrade does not align with EU sanctions against Russia, said the Socialists and Democrats Group, the second largest political group in the European Parliament.

This is how this group commented on the signing of the Plan of Consultations signed in New York by the foreign ministers of Serbia and Russia.

“Very disappointing coming from a country aspiring to join the EU,” wrote member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Croatian MEP Tonino Picula.

The EU cannot continue accession talks with Serbia if they don’t align with EU sanctions against Russia.

That’s what we will say in the Parliament’s upcoming enlargement report.@TPicula: “Very disappointing coming from a country aspiring to join the EU” https://t.co/jas6vm7WQN

— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) September 26, 2022

Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Selakovic and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov signed last week in New York a Plan of Consultations between the two foreign ministries for a period of two years.

Many European officials condemned the move, while US Ambassador to Serbia Christopher Hill said America expects Serbia to explain what Belgrade and Moscow signed.