The Movement of Socialists, led by the director of the Serbian Security and Information Agency, Aleksandar Vulin, demanded the dismissal of the Minister of Economy, Rade Basta, who supported the imposition of sanctions against Russia, and called on the government to decide on the issue of sanctions due to the “heavy price” Belgrade is paying for refusing to support Western restrictions.
Belgrade – Sputnik . The movement said in its statement: “If the Minister of Economy is an expert, not a politician, then let him go to [former Belgrade mayor, opposition Dragan] Gelas and to others <…> who support ending fraternal and friendly economic relations with official Moscow and the Russian people.”
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Basta became Serbia’s minister of economy in October 2022, joining the new government through the Socialist Party of Serbia bloc. On Monday, Basta announced his support for Western sanctions against Russia and called on all ministers to speak out on the issue.
“We expect from Basta that his personal resignation from the Government of Serbia will show how important it is for him what he requires, if he does not receive support from other ministers in the fight against Serbia’s independent, neutral and freedom-loving policy,” the statement added.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has repeatedly stated that Belgrade will continue its policy of military neutrality and “will try to withstand as much as possible without imposing sanctions against Russia,” noting that Western countries are increasing their pressure on Serbia because of its refusal to support Moscow’s sanctions, noting that the armed conflict in Ukraine is developing, in his opinion, into a third world war,
On March 1, the Serbian president confirmed that he remembers and appreciates Russia’s help, including at the United Nations, but he cannot swear that he will not support Western sanctions forever.
Russian military special operation
Map developments of the special military operation
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On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a special military operation to protect the population of the Donbass region, after which Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that Russia does not plan to occupy Ukrainian lands; He explained that Russia’s goal is to protect people who have been subjected to persecution and genocide over the past 8 years by the Kiev regime.
The Western group, led by the United States and the European Union, imposed severe sanctions on Russia after the start of the special military operation, affecting the energy, finance, trade, arts, culture and sports sectors, the latest of which was the tenth package of sanctions that included banning the transfer of European goods through Russia and dual-use technologies, as well as Sanctions also apply to media organizations such as the Rossiya Segodnya Foundation, writers, broadcasters, and officials of television channels and media groups.
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