Serbia's support of the EU's decision to impose visa sanctions against the Belarusian officials does not mean the termination of bilateral relations with the Belarusian authorities. This was stated by the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 7. The state imposed sanctions, "according to its own interests, as well as the European values," the statement said.
Moreover, as noted in the document, the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton called the official Belgrade to make such a step two days ago, since Serbia aspires to the EU membership BelaPAN.
«Taking the decision to share the EC declaration, the Republic of Serbia is guided primarily by national interests. Respect for human rights and the principles of free and democratic elections, as well as accepted international electoral standards, are part of the values that Serbia shares with the EU; that’s why Serbia was the first to support the declaration,» the Ministry said.
The Serbian Foreign Minister explained that joining the EU sanctions against the Belarusian authorities needs some legal procedures at the national level, while the decisions on the restrictions should be taken by the appropriate ministries.
At the same time restrictions will not touch upon ordinary citizens of both countries, the declaration stated.
As Telegraf previously reported, the press service of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of Catherine Ashton said on March 3 that the visa sanctions, imposed in February by the European Union on a number of Belarusian officials, were supported by another nine European countries outside the EU.
Among the countries to ban entry for representatives of the Belarusian authorities are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.