Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia Zorana Mihajlovic positively assessed the postponement of the visit to Belgrade of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov scheduled for June 6-7.
“I think it’s good that the Russian minister has not come to visit Serbia now, and we should think about our future path, and Serbia has clearly decided on the path to the EU, which the President also said [Александр] Vucic,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
According to her, the arrival of the Russian minister put Belgrade and the Serbian leader in a difficult position.
“We are trying to survive energetically, financially and politically at a moment that is really difficult, and I think that the last thing we need is for world issues to be resolved through our backs,” she added.
On June 5, it was reported that Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro closed airspace to Lavrov’s aircraft. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry planned to fly to Serbia and meet with the country’s President Aleksandar Vučić there.
Commenting on the incident, the Russian minister said that the EU thus wanted to close the Russian Federation a platform for expressing Moscow’s positions on regional issues.
On June 7, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Ranko Krivokapic, explained that by closing the airspace for Lavrov flying to Serbia, Podgorica fulfilled its obligations to comply with the anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union.
Later, the official representative of the head of EU diplomacy, Peter Stano, thanked Montenegro for banning Lavrov’s plane from passing through the country’s airspace. The official recalled that the EU has imposed a ban on the flight of Russian aircraft over its territory. At the same time, Montenegro is not part of the EU.