Stano: EU expects Serbia not to further strengthen ties with Russia

European Union spokesman Peter Stano has said that in light of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the international order, the EU expects Serbia, as a candidate country, not to further strengthen its ties with Russia.

Candidate countries, in the words of Peter Stano, need to progressively align their policies towards third countries with policies and attitudes adopted by the European Union, including restrictive measures.
 
Serbia is a candidate country that is negotiating full membership with the European Union and is considered a leader in the process. It is also the only country on the European continent that has not imposed sanctions on Russia. European officials regularly appeal to official Belgrade to join its policy of sanctions against Russia.