Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters in Novi Sad on Wednesday that he discussed the European Union decision to ban imports of Russian oil with Russia, the US and the EU before taking any decision.
“I was informed on Tuesday evening about the EU Council decision which seems strange to us and we have been discussing it with all our partners in Russia, the US and EU. We are still analyzing the lengthy decision and I can’t pass political judgment on it,” he said and added that the essence of the decision is that the EU is leaving open the possibility of doing business with Gazpromneft but that third countries that have majority Russian-owned refineries and oil companies can’t import Russian oil.
“So they haven’t punished themselves, they haven’t punished the Russians, they punished us. I don’t want to discuss the unbelievable repercussions. That is a huge problem which we are resolving,” he said.
Vucic said that the issue was discussed with the Russian earlier in the day. “There are three options… If Serbia is not exempt from that decision, we will inform you of the next steps in the next 48 hours,” Vucic told the pro-regime TV Pink.
He said that talks on the price of natural gas from Russia would not start before the April 3 elections, adding that he believes that Serbia will get a good price.