BELGRADE Serbia is committed to European Union membership but it will get the job done hard to enhance relations with its traditional ally Russia, Primary Minister Aleksandar Vucic told Reuters in advance of a presidential election on Sunday.
The poll will examination the acceptance of Vucic, a frontrunner in the race, as well as his centre-appropriate Serbian Progressive Party, economic reforms and a bid to carry the place closer to the EU.
“Serbia is on the European route and that is our strategic intention. We want our modern society to be modeled right after most made Western European nations around the world,” Vucic said at the weekend.
But, he said he would get the job done hard as president to sustain very good relations with fellow Christian Orthodox Russia as well.
Powers in Serbia are strictly divided amongst the president and prime minister. Beneath the constitution the president indicators expenditures into regulations, commands the navy, presides around the national safety council and represents place overseas, but economic and foreign policy is in arms of prime minister.
Serbia, which in the nineteen nineties was observed as pariah of Western Balkans for its central job in wars that adopted the collapse of Yugoslavia, expects to full negotiations on EU membership by 2019.
Several Serbs remain skeptical about becoming a member of the bloc and perspective Western European nations around the world as outspoken advocates of the 1999 NATO bombing to halt the killing and expulsion of ethnic Albanians in the previous province of Kosovo, in which 1000’s of civilians experienced been killed.
“We have to display common people what are we performing alongside one another (with the EU),” Vucic as soon as a firebrand nationalist, said. “We have to display concrete streets and concrete tasks.”
The West sees integration of Western Balkan nations around the world as a way to stabilize a region recovering from a decade of wars and economic turmoil.
Russia opposes the integration of Western Balkan nations around the world, such as Serbia, into NATO and the EU and is attempting to extend its influence.
On Monday, Vucic traveled to Moscow to meet up with President Vladimir Putin for talks on trade and navy cooperation.
Past year, Russia donated six MIG-29 fighter jets, and Vucic said he now strategies to negotiate a obtain of floor-to-air missiles with Putin.
“We are also talking about economic cooperation with Russia, we would like to entice far more traders,” Vucic said, introducing traders could financial gain on trade discounts with EU member states.
Vucic said his place is also on the lookout to develop economic cooperation with China. He said he predicted a Chinese non-public organization to start out flights amongst Beijing and Belgrade.
(Modifying by Julia Glover)