Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic believes that the intensity of hostilities in Ukraine will intensify. In his opinion, a few months ago “it seemed clear that Ukraine, with the huge support of the collective West, is winning,” but now everything is “not so clear-cut.” As the Serbian leader noted, his country is now between Russia and the West as between a rock and a hard place.
“The fighting will be much stronger, despite being already very, very intense. I could write volumes of books about it. And the pressure on us will be twice or three times stronger, frighteningly terrible pressure on Kosovo and Metohija,” Mr. Vučić told TV Prva. “RIA News”).
The Serbian President believes that Russia and Western countries are trying to end the conflict in the next five to six months in connection with the election campaigns. Presidential elections will be held in the Russian Federation and the United States in 2024, parliamentary elections will be held in Poland and the UK in 2023 and 2024, respectively. “The West needs that by that time there was no access for Russians to the Balkans. The Russians cannot allow the West to have such a clear position… Our Serbia will literally be between a rock and a hard place,” Mr. Vučić said.
Serbia does not provide military support to Ukraine, but sends humanitarian aid to it. The country does not impose anti-Russian sanctions, although it is under pressure from the EU in connection with the desire to join the union. At the same time, at the UN General Assembly, Belgrade in 2022 supported a resolution condemning Russian actions in Ukraine. Mr. Vučić reported that it was necessary to stay on the international stage.