It is our duty to adjust to EU regulations
BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic stated on Thursday that it is Serbia's duty to adjust to EU regulations on its EU path, but he added that the country will not introduce sanctions against Russia at this point.
Serbia will not introduce sanctions against Russia these days and years, but it is aware that EU membership entails the obligation to implement joint foreign policies, Nikolic said.
Serbia wants to become a member of the Union and it will patiently participate in the negotiations and solve potential problems, Nikolic said addressing a joint news conference after the talks with European Commissioner on Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.
We may think it should be carried out in a different manner, but we are about to join a well-regulated community of nations and it is our obligation to adjust to it, Nikolic said, and added that Serbia received encouragement from Hahn to do all it can, and it will have the support from the European Commission, as well as individual support of many EU member countries.
Hahn underscored that Serbia is free to implement its foreign policy and added that for now, there are no pressures for full adjustment to the European foreign policy. EU members are carefully monitoring the developments, but there are no pressures for the country to fully adjust to the European foreign policy for now, Hahn said.
Nevertheless, he noted that the European family of nations expects Serbia to gradually adjust to its policy, including the foreign policy area as well.
Hahn expressed satisfaction that he has come to Belgrade for another visit and underscored that by his Thursday visit, he wants to show the magnitude of importance the EU attaches to Serbia's accession.
The European Commission supports the importance of economic reforms and it is paying continuous attention to rule of law, fight against organized crime and public administration reform, Hahn said.
He underscored that Serbia should continue implementing reforms, adding that that the pace of the talks would depend on this point.
A lot of work lies ahead, Hahn concluded.