Serbia Says It Won't Impose Sanctions On Russia
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday, despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country. After the U.S. and the EU slapped sanctions on Russian state banks and major industries last month over the crisis in Ukraine, Russia responded with a wide-ranging ban on food products imported from those countries. Serbian officials have said that they hope to increase the food and agricultural exports to Russia from the current $170 million a year to $300 million. Vucic said Friday his government will accept the EU's demands not to additionally subsidize those exports, but will not prevent Serbian companies from making the deals. The EU has warned candidate countries to refrain from "exploiting" the Russian ban by increasing their exports.