Serbia, a candidate country to the European Union, backs Russia in UN Resolution on Crimea and Sevastopol.
In the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 2019, Serbia voted against a resolution condemning Russia’s occupation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. Furthermore, the resolution urges the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces and reaffirmed Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea. The resolution was approved, with full support of the EU member-states.
As Serbia is a candidate country for accession to the EU and with negotiations ongoing, it is startling to behold Serbia's vote, as it is divergent from the EU member-states stance. Moreover, the EU has imposed sanctions on Russia, condemning the occupation of Crimea and its involvement in Eastern Ukraine. This raises questions on Serbia’s position toward Russia and whether Serbia’s and the EU’s interests are aligned. 1 2 3
- Can the EC explain why Serbia voted against this resolution and is this vote in line with the expectations the EC has for a candidate EU-member?
- Is the EC also concerned about the Serbian-Russian ties, taking into account this vote but also Serbia's acquirement of Russian military equipment and the soft Serbian response towards Russia concerning the activity of Russian spies in Serbia? 4
- What will be the EC's strategy and assessment of this situation and could this be included in its yearly ‘Serbia report', and will you keep the EP informed?