Serbian ambassador summoned over Vučić’s statements about Slovenia

Ljubljana – The Slovenian Foreign Ministry has summoned Serbian Ambassador to Slovenia Zorana Vlatković for talks over the statements that Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić made about Slovenia during Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s visit in Belgrade on Saturday.

“We have notified the Serbian side that we are very surprised about President Vučić’s statements,” the ministry said in a press release on Monday.

The statement in question was Vučić’s remark when he was questioned about whether Serbia will join EU sanctions against Russia.

“How should I explain to our citizens that we are introducing sanctions against Russia, which has not violated Serbia’s territorial integrity, but not against Slovenia, which did,” Vučić said in reference to Slovenia having recognised Kosovo’s independence.

The ministry “expressed the expectation that Serbia will not problematise our position on Kosovo in the future since Slovenia’s support for Kosovo is not directed against Serbia”, the ministry said.

It also reiterated Slovenia’s “determined opposition against equating Slovenia’s recognition of Kosovo with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine”.

The ministry expects a continuation of the current dynamics of cooperation with Serbia and wishes that “the two countries continue to develop friendly relations and together seek opportunities for the resolution of open issues in the Western Balkans”.

“This would make it possible for both Serbia and Kosovo to progress towards the EU. Slovenia will continue to strive for respectful cooperation with Serbia at all levels,” it said.

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