The West wants to “absolve” itself of its own crimes – Serbia – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

By pressuring Belgrade to sanction Moscow, Western states seek to whitewash their own sins, interior minister says

It is not in Serbia’s interest to reduce its cooperation with Russia and “absolve” the West of its crimes, says the Minister of the Interior

Serbia says it is not interested in lowering its “proximity and cooperation” with Moscow, adding that by trying to force Belgrade to impose sanctions on Russia, the West is simply trying to “absolve” of his own crimes.

In an interview with the Novosti newspaper published on Sunday, Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that throughout history, Serbs have always been “expect to do something for others” and neglect their own interests.

“It is not in Serbia’s interest to participate in the conflicts of the greats, and it is not in Serbia’s interest to diminish closeness and cooperation with Russia and its leaders,” he said. he added. said the minister.

He claimed that when Western countries ask Serbia to impose sanctions on Russia, they know that it would not mean much for Russia from an economic point of view, but would be a significant moral blow.

“Those who bombarded us know that the moral greatness of Serbia is disproportionate to its firepower, and that is why they need this tormented little Serbia, this brave victim, to be with them,” he said.

According to him, the United States and its allies “have everything except morality” and so they want Serbia “to absolve them of the crimes they have committed and absolve them of the sins of violation of international law.”

“Unlike Western admirers of suffrage and democracy, despotic Russia and China have never asked us to impose sanctions on the EU or the US and accept their choice as ours,” Vulin said, adding that all “Anti-Russian hysteria is always anti-Serbian.”

The minister also noted that his country does not want Russia to be defeated in Ukraine.

“Russia’s defeat would be felt with all its might in all positions of Serbia, as it always has been,” he said.

Vulin hailed Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic for “to show a strength that exceeds the position of the president of a small country” by opposing sanctions against Russia.

“Vucic is not a little Russian, he is a big Serbian” he added.

The US, EU, UK and many other countries view the Russian military operation in Ukraine as an act of unprovoked aggression and have responded by imposing sweeping sanctions on Moscow.

US wants Serbia to give up Russian gas

At a press conference with the Serbian president on Friday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Serbia must follow the EU’s lead in sanctioning Russia and recognize the breakaway province of Kosovo as an independent state if it hopes to join the block one day.

Vucic reiterated that sanctioning Russia would be difficult for Belgrade. Earlier this week, he told Serbian television that the EU oil embargo had already cost $600 million in higher prices.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the sanctions have backfired on the West, citing inflation and shortages that the US and European governments are now trying to blame on Moscow. The next day, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the sanctions had indeed “huge difference with food and energy prices” in a context of record inflation.


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