Asked to comment on the announcement that Russia Today is to open offices in Serbia, European Union (EU) spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano noted that the EU imposed restrictions against Russia Today as part of the sanctions against Russia and that Serbia as a candidate country is expected to progressively align with EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and its decisions.
We note that Nova.rs said on Thursday that it had learned that Russia Today is to open offices in Serbia.
“Without commenting on announcements of intentions, let me recall, that the EU imposed broadcasting, distribution and advertising restrictions against Russia Today as part of the sanctions to respond to the illegal aggression of Russia against Ukraine. Russia Today is part of Russia’s propaganda and disinformation instruments with which the Kremlin accompanies its illegal aggression against Ukraine and murdering of Ukrainian people,” Stano told N1.
He added that, as a candidate country, Serbia is expected to progressively align with EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and respective decisions.
“In the context of the ongoing Russian illegal aggression against Ukraine, we expect Serbia to refrain from intensifying its relations with Russia as a country, which under its current leadership massively violates UN Charter, international law and commits atrocities against Ukrainian people,” Stano said.
The EU Council decided in March to suspend the broadcasting activities of Russian state media Russia Today and Sputnik in the EU.