"I would warn the Serbs, this is not their 'Mother Russia'"

Hill added that Serbia still needs to take a good look at where its national interests lie, as he is convinced that sooner or later they will see that they are in the West.
"I would warn the Serbs to understand that this is not their 'Mother Russia', we are dealing with a very different Russia," said the U.S. Ambassador in an interview with Serbian Radio and Television last night.
Hill said that he knows that it is difficult and that Serbia has had good relations with Russia for decades, but that this is a very different Russia, a Russia that brutally attacks its neighbors and that Serbia should make a statement. He said that he does not put Serbia's position in the context of the consequences, but that he is saying that this is not the old Russia, the one from the nineties, it is about a completely new situation and Russia, which is behaving illegally and Russia, which the majority of the world condemns.
"If you look at Europe, very few countries, it seems to me that only Belarus and Serbia have not imposed sanctions on Russia. The question is whether Serbia wants to remain in that society. Many countries have imposed sanctions and paid a high price. It is questionable whether the sanctions can influence Russia's behavior, but they brought them in anyway because they understand that they need to be united and oppose what Russia is doing," Hill said.
He said that he does not think that anyone is threatening Serbia on that issue, but that he thinks that other countries are asking Serbia to make a statement. "Are you going to sit on the fence between good and evil, is there where your national interest lies? People ask difficult questions," he said, adding that he distinguishes between asking difficult questions and posing threats to Serbia. ...

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