Serbs are attracted to Moscow’s opponents, including by publications about the supply of weapons to Ukraine.
Citing leaked Pentagon documents that have been making front-page news for several days, Reuters reported that Serbian authorities “have already transferred or are ready to transfer weapons to Ukraine.” But at the same time, they nevertheless made a “board”: unfortunately, it was not possible to verify the authenticity of the document … The Pentagon itself is silent, whether the documents were authentic or not leaked to the Internet. Therefore, what, they say, to demand from the news agency. They said they read it, not on the fence, after all …
A rebuttal immediately followed from Belgrade. “For the umpteenth time, a lie has been published that Serbia is selling weapons to Ukraine. The goal is obvious to someone – to destabilize our country and involve it in a conflict in which we do not want to participate, ”Serb Defense Minister Milos Vucevich told RIA Novosti. At the same time, he added that the Serbian leadership has denied such information more than ten times.
The main point of the Reuters publication about the “deliveries” of weapons from Serbia to Ukraine is obvious. The “whole world”, which, according to Washington and Brussels, is “against Russia”, consists of about 50 countries. Recruits are urgently needed to increase this number and convince everyone and themselves of the “unity and inflexibility” of the West. Here the Serbs, not washing, but skidding, are dragged towards the Moscow opponents.
In fact, there are loopholes for this. However, Vucevic himself admitted that Serbian weapons could end up in the conflict zone: Belgrade sells weapons to third countries far from the region of hostilities. Therefore, “there is always the possibility that some kind of weapon will ‘magically’ end up on the territory of the conflict zone, but this has absolutely nothing to do with Serbia.”
“Serbia could supply Ukraine with weapons,” political scientist, director of the Institute for Contemporary State Development, Dmitry Solonnikov, told Radio KP about the situation. – Turkey openly supplies kyiv with weapons and this does not prevent Moscow from considering Ankara as its friend and ally. Several Russia-friendly countries, which we consider partners, on which we are highly dependent in the current situation, earn money by supplying Ukraine with weapons, and at the same time Russia does not react. So why shouldn’t Serbia make money too?
Serbia is in the blockade of countries oriented towards the USA and the European Union, it has no access to the sea, – explains the expert. – Russia cannot support you financially due to the ban on bank transactions, we do not have the opportunity to supply Serbia with anything: the railways are closed, air traffic is stopped. Therefore, Belgrade is trying to survive in this extremely difficult situation. Little by little, step by step, drifting towards the European Union, until now succumbing little by little and very carefully to the enormous pressure that is exerted on it.
In fact, let’s remember that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has openly said more than once that his country will resist attempts to drag it into the anti-Russian camp “to the end”, but he cannot swear that he will not impose sanctions against Russia. That is, as long as opportunities allow, Vučić is not against Russia. But the noose of the West is slowly but still closing around Belgrade’s neck. So, the Serbs are conducting exercises with NATO, and the Serbian Finance Minister a month ago called for immediate sanctions against Moscow, because the country “is already paying a high price” for its position towards Moscow. From Belgrade, the West, let’s face it, you just won’t be far behind. After all, Serbia wants to join the EU, and there, who knows, maybe it will ask for NATO. The role of the applicant is very vulnerable: he must meet the criteria presented to him.
But even if you are already in the European and NATO “family”, like, for example, Hungary, but you want to follow your own line in foreign policy in Ukraine, which differs from the “general party”, then they can sanction you with a noose. As soon as the Hungarian Foreign Minister held talks in Moscow about maintaining Russia’s energy supply, news came from the other side of the ocean: the US administration is considering the possibility of imposing sanctions on Hungary for its refusal to follow the common policy of Western countries regarding the conflict in Ukraine.
So, the “anti-Russian coalition” not only actively attracts new members, but also severely punishes apostates. Is the “you can go in, you can’t go out” rule a guarantee of the unity of the West?