European MPs want Serbia’s path to EU stopped after deal with Russia

An agreement between Serbia and Russia to coordinate foreign policy actions has triggered many reactions from diplomats in the EU and Kosovo, saying that the agreement is a blow to integration processes in the Western Balkans.

Members of the European Parliament, Viola von Cramon and Vladimir Bilcik argued in their reactions that the agreement is a sign for the EU to stop Serbia’s membership in its structures. Von Cramon tweeted: “This is a serious scandal. Amid the raging war, the Foreign Ministry of Serbia signs the plan for future collaboration with the Russian aggressor. Or maybe it’s just a signal for us to freeze the EU accession talks as entering the EU does not go through Moscow”. Bilcik, who is also Rapporteur for Serbia, tweeted: “As a keen supporter of any steps towards a European Serbia, I find the news of planned consultations between Serbia and Russia a major blow to accession process in the Western Balkans. Let’s be clear: Russia is mobilizing to attack EU candidate state – Ukraine, Russia is attacking EU enlargement!” Janusz Bugajski, a US analyst of the Balkans, even called for sanctions against Serbia.