Viola von Cramon MEP told the Nova.rs portal on Friday that the Serbian president and government should clearly state which side they are on following reports that Russia Today is set to open its offices in Belgrade.
Nova.rs reported on Thursday that it had learned that Russia Today would open offices in the Serbian capital, drawing criticism against official Belgrade from the European Union.
Von Cramon said that actively providing aid to Russian propaganda outlets is significantly more important that failing to impose sanctions on Russia, adding that this is unacceptable and will upset EU-Serbia relations.
She said that the European Parliament said clearly in its recent resolution on Serbia that the country has to align its foreign and security policies with the EU which includes a ban on Russian propaganda media.
Von Cramon said that she expects the Serbian Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) to maintain the highest European standards instead of the opening of the Russia Today offices.