Serbia clamps down on sanction-dodging schemes
Dog urinates on the wall with Putin's picture. Serbia, April 2, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Antonio Bronic)
Serbian president Oleksandr Vučić said no one will be able to use Serbia to bypass EU sanctions against Russia, Reuters reported on Dec. 2.
"We have reacted in cases of re-export of certain goods and our state agencies have detained people from companies that were involved in bypassing sanctions against the Russian Federation," Vučić said.
Serbia is hoping to join the EU, and has been previously criticized by foreign diplomats for refusing to impose sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
At the same time, Serbia didn’t recognize Russia’s illegal attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts.
Earlier media reports suggested that Germany demanded Vučić to decide Serbia’s geopolitical course: either towards joining the EU – or rapprochement with Russia.
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