Sanctions against Russia will be a prerequisite for the approximation of Serbia To the European Union, writes, quoting diplomatic sources in Belgrade.
The authorities of Serbia aimed at accession to the EU many times and categorically stated about the fact that will not join the restrictive measures for Russia, however, as the magazine emphasizes, Brussels in this regard is preparing to deliver a solid condition.
"In the negotiations with the EU opened the Chapter 31 On foreign policy, the government in Belgrade will be obliged to a far greater extent than until now, to align their behavior with Brussels. This, According to our interlocutors, just means that Serbia must surrender To the European sanctions against Russia ", - writes the print edition.
Chapter 31 of the so-called negotiation dossier is called "Foreign policy, security policy and defence" and has the purpose to fully reconcile the policy of a candidate country in these regions with the same position of the European Union. The opening of negotiations on this Chapter, according to sources, is expected in the coming year.
"The refusal of Belgrade to connect to the sanctions and be criticized in the progress report of Serbia To the EU, which the European Commission will publish this month ", - informs " the Blitz ".
the foreign Minister of the EU countries on 22 June, have extended the economic sanctions against Russia until 31 January 2016, approving appropriate amendments To the EU sectoral restrictive measures concerning Russia. This statement joined the candidate countries for EU membership, Montenegro and Albania, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Ukraine.
Serbia received the official status of candidate country to the EU on 1 March 2012. About the start of negotiations on accession of Serbia into the EU was officially announced in January 2014, but since then no head of the negotiation dossier was not open.