Nikolic and Vucic pursuing same policy

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic are maintaining constant communication and there are no disagreements between them, presidential foreign policy adviser Ivan Mrkic has said.

"The state leadership is united and the country would not be led successfully if that was not true. There is a convergence and everyone has constitutional powers and frameworks to act within," Mrkic told the Danas daily.

Mrkic was in Bern, where he attended the opening of a conference on human rights defenders.

Previously, Mrkic visited Kiev for the inauguration of new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the daily said.

Serbia's attendance of the inauguration was noticed and well-received by the new Ukrainian authorities, while Poroshenko himself demonstrated this clearly in his messages to the Serbian president, Mrkic said, adding that Serbia will participate strongly in everything that promotes peace, stabilizes the situation and defuses the crisis in Ukraine.

Asked whether his visit to Kiev has caused problems with Russia, Mrkic said that Serbia "absolutely does not hide anything that it does" and that it communicates its intentions to friends beforehand.

Commenting on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Serbia, Mrkic noted that the EU has always been aware of what kind of relations Serbia is maintaining with Belarus.

"We were hiding nothing, and our goal is to develop the best possible relations with Belarus, especially economically. This is not about any kind of changes in Serbia's policy or a change in strategic orientations. That is nonsense," Mrkic said, dismissing allegations that Serbia could face consequences in its relations with the EU due to Lukashenko's visit.

"Our cooperation with Belarus can harm no one," he concluded.

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