Serbian President tells Biden US, Serbia share common values

Serbia and the United States share common values, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said in Belgrade on Tuesday during talks with US Vice President Joe Biden, adding that bilateral relations were outstanding and that he counted the US among the many friends Serbia had in the world.

Biden said the US had a firm interest in Serbia's achieving political and economic success. "You have undertaken difficult reforms which are already yielding results and I congratulate you on what you have done," he was quoted as saying in a statement from Nikolic's office.

Biden said Europe's instability was a problem for the US too and that the US was committed to a strong, democratic, stable and safe Europe. He added that the US did not expect Serbia to choose between Russia and America.

Nikolic said Serbia was "firmly committed to peace and stability" in the region. "Bilateral relations with Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Macedonia are very good," he said, adding that Serbia supported the integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He called the relations with Croatia "puzzling," saying that "tones similar to those in World War II are being heard" in Croatia.

Nikolic underlined Serbia's commitment to the European path and European Union membership but said that, as Serbia's president, he could not take part "in the signing of an agreement (on Kosovo) which would envisage an inter-state character."

Nikolic said Serbia "cannot impose sanctions against Russia. We are tied to Russia, we are also tied to the US, where a numerous Serbian community lives. We were allies in two wars and share two of the world's biggest scientists, Tesla and Pupin, and that's an important point in common."

Earlier in the evening, Biden also talked with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Later, Biden went to Pristina for talks with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and PM Isa MUstafa.

Last update: Wed, 17/08/2016 - 12:18
Author: 

More from Balkan

Nikolic, Vucic to attend Brussels talks on relaxing Serbia-Kosovo ties

The Serbia-Kosovo negotiations on the normalisation of the relations between those two neighbouring countries will...

Serbia to receive additional EUR 4mn from EU for migrants

Serbia will receive an additional EUR 4 million in aid for migrants, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and...

Bank of China opens Belgrade branch

The Bank of China formally opened its branch in Belgrade on Saturday, which is expected to provide an additional...

Slovenian interior minister says Geneva convention outdated

Slovenia will not let others run its asylum policy and mange its borders, and the Geneva convention on refugees is...

Bosnia bothered by question if Serb entity's PM and Dodik wife were at Trump inauguration?

The prime minister in the Serb-populated entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zeljka Cvijanovic, and the entity...