Vučić says Serbia does not need Russian military bases


Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić commented on the possibility of creating Russian military bases in the republic. He said that the country does not need foreign bases.

Vučić held talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbeg in Brussels on Wednesday. On August 18, negotiations between Vucic and Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti are also scheduled there.

At a press conference with Stoltenberg, journalists asked if Vucic was thinking about opening Russian military bases in Serbia.

“Serbia is not we need someone else's foreign military bases. Serbia is a military-neutral state, it only wants to maintain peace, to defend its own heaven and earth, its people and population, and will behave in this way in the future,” Vučić replied.

Stoltenberg said at a press conference that NATO is ready to intervene in the situation around Kosovo.


Vučić opposes foreign military bases in Serbia

President Aleksandar Vučić said that as long as he is the supreme commander, there will be no military bases of other states in Serbia

Serbia does not need military bases on its territory. This was stated by President Aleksandar Vučić, reports.

“Serbia does not need any military bases, Serbia itself will defend its country and people, build alliances and not be ashamed of good relations with Russia, America and China. We'll take care of ourselves,— said Vučić.

The head of state noted that as long as he is the supreme commander, no one will force Serbia to build a military base on its territory.

Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said earlier that the creation of a Russian military base in Serbia is a sovereign affair of the country itself. The diplomat noted that Russia ensures the energy stability of Serbia, and military-technical cooperation continues.

The President of Serbia had previously refused to impose sanctions against Russia, despite pressure from the EU countries. Vučić explained that Belgrade's position is not anti-Western or Russophobic, despite being surrounded by NATO countries. He compared the state to a “small island”.

“Some people call it a problem. What is the problem in trusting our people, the heroic genes of our citizens, and that we are able to defend our land and want to have the right to defend our borders, our country, have our own military and protect our sky? he explained.

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Numbers and passports: what caused a new conflict between Serbia and Kosovo

On the border of Serbia and Kosovo before August 1, clashes and shooting began. In Kosovo, they were going to introduce a ban on Serbian documents and car numbers. How the conflict developed and is there a risk of its resumption – in the RBC video


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Borrell invited the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to Brussels for talks

The head of EU diplomacy Borrell invited the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to talks in Brussels Negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels may take place on 18 August. Earlier, Borrell welcomed Pristina's decision to postpone until September the decision on non-recognition of Serbian documents image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset=" 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset=" 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

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The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, announced on his Twitter that he had invited the presidents of Serbia and the partially recognized Kosovo Aleksandar Vučić and Albin Kurti to Brussels for talks.

The meeting is expected to be where the leaders will discuss “the way forward” between Belgrade and Pristina, will be held on August 18.

Borrell had previously urged the parties to dialogue, saying his absence had led to tensions between Serbia and Kosovo. The situation in the region escalated on July 31, on the eve of the introduction by the Kosovo authorities of a ban on personal documents and license plates issued in Serbia. Pristina decided to take such measures in response to the actions of Belgrade, which does not recognize the certificates issued by Kosovo.

Against this background, Vucic accused Kosovo of preparing an operation against the Serbs living in the north of the republic. In the evening of the same day, air raid alerts went off on the border between Kosovo and Serbia; the Kosovo authorities deployed special forces to the border crossings, and the Serbs began to build barricades. The NATO-led international force (KFOR), responsible for ensuring security in Kosovo, has declared its readiness to intervene in the conflict if stability in the region is threatened.

Due to the escalation, Kosovo delayed passing a law to terminate the Serbian documents until 1 September; Borrell welcomed Pristina's decision. The next day, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovich said that the situation in the region had calmed down, but remained “very, very fragile.”

Russian authorities say they support Serbia (Moscow does not recognize Kosovo), presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called “absolutely absurd” Pristina's plans to ban Serbian documents. According to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Gabriel Escobar, the actions of “some politicians and some actors who operate inside the Balkans” led to destabilization.

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The United States appreciated the role of Russia in the aggravation between Kosovo and Serbia

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The reason for the destabilization the situation between Serbia and partially recognized Kosovo became some Balkan politicians, the role of Russia in the aggravation is not so important, said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Gabriel Escobar.

“Russia is trying to play a role, but this role is not as important as the destabilizing factor of some politicians and some actors who operate inside the Balkans,” — said the diplomat during a telephone briefing, responding to a request to comment on Russia's role in aggravating the situation on the Kosovo-Serbia border.

“With rare exceptions, what happens in the Balkans is the result of factors that arise in the Balkans. I would say that what happened in the north of Serbia, — it is a question of Serbia and Kosovo. Therefore, it is important that the leaders of the two countries meet in Brussels as part of a dialogue under the auspices of the EU and resolve differences in the north. Including [adopted] a permanent decision on car numbers and the implementation of the energy road map,— diplomat added.

According to him, at the moment it is necessary to focus on those Balkan problems that can be resolved through diplomacy and constructive dialogue. Escobar noted that Washington views Kosovo and Serbia as future members of the EU and therefore supports the EU's mediation efforts. The diplomat added that as part of the upcoming talks between Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Washington would like to see a discussion of an agreement on the establishment of a Community of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo. “Our position is that all previous agreements must be implemented, including the Community of Serbian Municipalities,” — he summed up.

Earlier, the representative of the EU foreign service, Peter Stano, said that the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, invited Kurti and Vucic to talks in Brussels on August 18. They are scheduled to meet with the EU Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Miroslav Lajcak.

The situation on the border between Serbia and Kosovo escalated on the evening of July 31. The reason was the decision of the authorities of a partially recognized state to oblige the Serbs to receive a temporary document on crossing the border when entering the republic. Serbian documents were to cease to be valid on 1 August. In addition, mandatory re-registration of vehicles with Serbian license plates to RKS (Republic of Kosovo) was to begin in Kosovo. In Pristina, they said that in this way they respond to Belgrade, which refuses to recognize certificates issued by Kosovo.

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On the evening of July 31, air raid sirens went off in the areas of Kosovo inhabited by Serbs. Residents of North Mitrovica (the northern part of the city is controlled by Serbian forces, the southern part by Kosovo) began to gather in the city center. Albanians took to the streets en masse in its southern part. The Serbs began to build barricades. Against the background of the escalation, Kosovo postponed until September 1 the adoption of a law on non-recognition of Serbian documents.

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The gun on the wall shoots twice: why Serbia and Kosovo will never reconcile

For the world, the aggravation of the situation here is another Pandora's box

To be honest, all night, after Serbian President Vucic addressed the nation, I was haunted by the effect of deja vu.< /p>

If a gun is hanging on the wall, sooner or later it will fire. The relationship between Serbia and Kosovo is such a gun.

Aleksandr Vučić spent the night in the building of the General Staff of the republic's armed forces, discussing the possible outbreak of hostilities.

“I think that we have never been in a more difficult and difficult situation. I ask the Albanians to stop, and the Serbs not to succumb to provocations,” the Serbian president said.

He suggested that in the event of a military scenario, Belgrade would certainly win.

For the world, the aggravation of the situation in Kosovo – this is another Pandora doll. As soon as you open one, another one is inside – and so on ad infinitum.

Even though I never support either Serbs or Albanians. Everyone has their own truth. But this is not our history and… thank God that it is not directly ours.

I visited Serbia for the first time in the winter of 2000. Shortly after the bombing of Belgrade by NATO aircraft.

In the Yugoslav war, everyone was “good”, and everyone cut everyone's head off. Both Muslims and Christians. With memories of the Balkan atrocities, Donbass, to be honest, is resting. Here, the conflict of worldviews and religions was superimposed on the ethnic conflict.

I still cannot forget the gouged out eyes of the saints in the Orthodox monastery in Gracanica.

Who could they interfere with, these figures painted on the walls?

When I arrived in Kosovo ten years after entering the peacekeepers, it was already a civilization.

The Albanians opened new hotels, licked to European brilliance. They exhibited at the reception the flags of the states whose citizens were visiting them. They sincerely smiled at me and, if necessary, freely spoke with all visitors in the former state, and now semi-banned Serbian language. They even knew a couple of words in Russian. Our people in Kosovo were respected unnecessarily defiantly – the reason for this was clear, everyone here remembered the throw of Russian paratroopers into the capital Pristina.

The remaining Serbs in Pristina, when I was last there, they were such little animals on the reservation. They were guarded by international peacekeepers, they created conditions for living in enclosures – look, Serbs are alive and unharmed, which means we have “peace, friendship, chewing gum.”

The long-suffering Balkans have always stood at the crossroads of foreign roads and interests.

I still have the feeling that Kosovo is Donbass in reverse. As if they are looking into each other, as if in a mirror. But where one has the right, the other has the left.

At one time, the West supported the Kosovo separatists.

Russia – President Milosevic.

It all ended with a nuclear the bombing of Belgrade, the introduction of KFOR peacekeeping troops, the official secession and recognition of Kosovo.

For Serbia, this was an act of national defeat and humiliation.

For Russia, in many ways, this is the last opportunity to show geopolitical ambitions by turning around in Primakov's plane in the middle of the Atlantic. Then we allowed such liberties only in March 2014 – with Crimea.

But now the war is not beneficial to anyone. Neither Kosovo, recognized by many, nor even Europe, which, in the event of an aggravation of the conflict, will have to intervene. Kosovo is the European area of ​​responsibility and its headache. Perhaps the only territorial problem that is believed to have been resolved by the world community.

Serbia does not have nuclear weapons, so the Europeans will not be able to sit in a trench.

But the EU their problems through the roof in order to open a “second front” also in the Balkans.

For Serbia, the opportunity arose to try to return its northern territories inhabited by Serbs. Will they want to miss it?

The numerical advantage of the male population in Serbia against Kosovo is almost three times.

Serbia over the years got used to the tragedy that they experienced in the late 90s. They really want in the EU (like Kosovo, which is a potential candidate) they want a comfortable and well-fed life, just like everyone else. It is believed that the soul of the Serbs is with Russia, the Slavic brotherhood and all that … In reality, they are much closer to the West and even to China than to us.

Although – yes, moral duty, probably something , yes, it means that just August 1 marks 108 years since Russia entered the First World War, defending Serbia. This war, by the way, cost Russia an empire. So the Serbs are supposed to owe us.

Recently, Putin once again exacerbated the old traumas of Serbia, saying that Kosovo is an international precedent, so the republics of Donbass also have the right to be independent. What was like a knife to the heart for Serbia.

Although here you can’t refuse GDP in logic. A precedent is a precedent. But if we recognize Kosovo, will the rest really recognize Donbass?

At the moment, the conflict on the Serbian-Kosovo border has been extinguished. The US authorities, through the ambassador, persuaded Kosovo to postpone until September the mandatory replacement of Serbian national passports and license plates with Kosovo ones – one of the reasons for the latest escalation. The Serbs, on the other hand, received a proposal to remove the barricades and disarm. At least for a month.


The State Duma commented on the aggravation of the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo

“All this is largely unpredictable”

In Serbia, on the night of August 1, it was reported that special police units of the unrecognized Republic of Kosovo had advanced to the Serbian border, and the Serbs themselves began to build barricades in response for these actions. In addition, a shootout was reported on the border between Serbia and Kosovo. Aleksey Chepa, First Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, believes that Kosovo is now trying to squeeze the Serbs out of its land.

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In an interview with, Chepa said that at the moment it is difficult to predict anything. The politician explains this by saying that what is happening is largely unpredictable, and the Kosovo government is making “inadequate decisions”, trying to do everything to squeeze the Serbs out of Serbian soil.

The parliamentarian is convinced that the UN countries and the United States are directly involved in conflict between Kosovo and Serbia. Chepa stressed that the conflicts unleashed by the West, unfortunately, do not subside in any region of the world.

The deputy added that no situations serve as a lesson for Western countries, therefore they systematically continue to escalate conflict situations not only in Europe, but also around the world.

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President Vucic said the Kosovo Army will attack Serbia at midnight

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić announced that the police of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo will begin an operation against the Serbs in the northern part at midnight Republic.

“I think that we have never been in a more difficult and difficult situation than today. Why did I say this? The Pristina regime is trying to use the mood in the world by presenting itself as a victim,” he said.

Vučić added that the Kosovo Albanian detachments had already advanced to the crossing points of Jarine and Brnjak. They will probably stop all holders of Serbian documents.

It is reported that in northern Kosovo, as in 1999, bells in churches and monasteries are constantly ringing. According to some reports, Serbia is moving aircraft to the border with Kosovo.

Local publications reported that Kosovo Albanians had gathered near the southern part of the bridge in the city of Kosovka-Mitrovica. It leads to the northern, Serbian side. Air raid sirens sounded in the city, Serbs are building barricades on the narrow road in Rudare, on the Prishtina-Leposavich highway and near the town of Zvecan.

Earlier it was reported that clashes broke out on the Serbian-Kosovo border.


Serbia reacted to Croatia’s refusal to let Vucic into the Jasenovac camp

Zagreb did not allow the President of Serbia to visit the memorial on the territory of the former concentration camp, where several tens of thousands of Serbs were killed from 1941 to 1945. Belgrade responded by introducing a special regime for Croatian diplomats

Alexander Vucic and Alexander Vulin

Serbia introduces a special regime for Croatian diplomats from July 17 because of the ban on President Alexander Vucic to visit the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia. This was announced by the head of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs Alexander Vulin.

Diplomats from Croatia upon entry will have to additionally justify their visit or passage through Serbia. “Alexandr Vučić, the grandson of the Jasenovac victim, was not allowed to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies killed. <…> Today, the Ustaše (the name of the Croatian fascist party that organized the genocide of these peoples in 1941–1945. —RBC), members of the European Union, do not want to be reminded how many children they killed»,— said Vulin.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic called the incident “the biggest scandal in the modern history of relations.” between the two countries. “It's like forbidding the President of Israel to visit Auschwitz,” — she declared.

Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovich said that Serbia sent a note to the Croatian embassy, ​​which it refused to accept. The document stated that the ministry was “shocked by the illegal, anti-European and anti-civilizational decision of the Croatian Foreign Ministry”, which “violates the principle of freedom of movement.”

Vučić planned to visit the memorial at the site of the concentration camp on a private visit. The Croatian diplomatic department explained the refusal of Vučić by the fact that Belgrade did not notify him of the visit in advance. In addition, the visit of a high-ranking representative of another country to Croatia cannot be of a private nature, the Croatian government stressed. They assured that they did not want the deterioration of relations with Serbia.

The Jasenovac concentration camp, created by the Ustashe regime collaborating with Nazi Germany, was located on the territory of the Independent State of Croatia, not far from Zagreb. According to various estimates, from several tens of thousands to more than 700 thousand people died there. Yugoslav partisans liberated the territory of the camp in April 1945.

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia approved the draft agreement with Serbia on flight safety

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved a draft agreement with Serbia on improving flight safety. The order was published on the official portal of legal information.

The document was submitted by the Ministry of Transport of Russia. The project was agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and was also preliminary worked out with the Serbian side.

Mishustin instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency to negotiate an agreement with colleagues from Serbia.

The agreement implies that now Russia and Serbia Simplify aircraft airworthiness, flight simulator evaluations, and maintenance operations. The parties will also cooperate on maintaining the level of safety and quality of the environment.

Earlier, the Federal Air Transport Agency said that the re-registration of aircraft in the state register of the Russian Federation would not affect flight safety. According to the Ministry of Transport, most of the aircraft of Russian airlines have already been transferred to the domestic register and reinsured. 

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The government approved the draft agreement with Serbia on flight safety

The project provides for the simplification of the recognition of airworthiness certificates and tests of aviation equipment, as well as other approval documents and results of technical supervision of aircraft

The government approved the agreement between Russia and Serbia on improving flight safety, the corresponding order was published on the official Internet -portal of legal information.

“To approve the draft Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Serbia on increased flight safety, submitted by the Ministry of Transport of Russia, agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and previously worked out with the Serbian side,” stated in the document.

In particular, the parties are facilitating the recognition of:

  • approvals of airworthiness and testing of aviation equipment;
  • qualification of flight simulators;
  • approval documents and the results of technical supervision of aircraft.

The government instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency to negotiate with the Serbian side and, upon reaching an agreement, sign an agreement.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow, which also affected air travel. Thus, the airspace of the EU, the USA and a number of other countries was closed for flights by Russian airlines. More than 20 Russian carriers are included in the so-called EU black list. The aviation authorities of Bermuda and Ireland have suspended the airworthiness certificates of aircraft of Russian companies, and the US Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded the safety rating for Russian airlines, considering that Rosaviatsia does not meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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In addition, Western lessors have begun to detain foreign aircraft of Russian airlines abroad due to the imposed sanctions. On March 22, the Russian Ministry of Transport reported 78 out of 1367 aircraft lost due to arrests.

In order to preserve civil aviation, the Russian authorities decided to forcibly, without the permission of the owners, re-register foreign aircraft in Russia. As a result, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency, as of June 15, more than 600 aircraft, mainly manufactured by Airbus and Boeing, have been transferred to the Russian registry since the beginning of 2022.

Earlier, RBC, citing a copy of the document, the authenticity of which was confirmed by the organization's official representative Anthony Philbin, said that the ICAO has concerns regarding the double registration of Russian aircraft: because of it, there is a problem with the validity of licenses for their radio equipment and airworthiness certificates in general. The ICAO bulletin states that if the Russian authorities do not resolve this problem by September 14, then information about “substantial concerns” will be lost. will become publicly available, and on the site where the results of flight safety audits are published, a “red flag” will appear opposite Russia & mdash; it is a tool for “collectively informing other countries” who can decide for themselves what to do with this information. Now problems with ensuring flight safety are officially declared in Eritrea and Bhutan.

In response, the Ministry of Transport stated that they did not confirm ICAO's concerns about flight safety in Russia. The ministry noted that the same specialists continue to maintain aircraft using the same tools as before, “Russian aviation authorities confirm the compliance of aircraft transferred to the Russian register with international and Russian airworthiness requirements.”

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BTV learned about the detention in Serbia of the ex-general of the SBU for currency smuggling

Serbian police detained citizens of Ukraine and Germany who were trying to smuggle precious stones and currency across the border with Macedonia, the press service of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs reported.

At the same time, the local BTV channel reports that the speech is probably It is about Andrey Naumov, ex-head of the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the SBU.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, police officers arrested a German citizen A.A. Born in 1986 and citizen of Ukraine A.N. Born in 1982 on Wednesday, June 8, when crossing the border. €607 thousand, $124 thousand, as well as two emeralds were found in the car of the arrested.

In early April, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stripped Naumov and the former head of the SBU department in the Kherson region Serhiy Krivoruchko of their general ranks. “A decision was made on two anti-heroes. I don’t have time now to deal with all the traitors, but I can say that gradually they will all be punished, — Zelensky said then.

According to, Zelensky fired Naumov back in July last year on suspicion of participating in smuggling schemes. Shortly before the start of the Russian special operation, he went abroad, the newspaper notes.

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Deputy Prime Minister announced the difficult situation of Serbia due to the visit of Lavrov

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister saw a positive side in the cancellation of the visit of Sergei Lavrov. According to her, the arrival of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry would put Belgrade and Alexander Vucic in a difficult position

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia Zorana Mihajlovic positively assessed the cancellation of the visit of the Foreign Minister to the country Russia Sergey Lavrov. According to her, the minister's visit would put Belgrade in a difficult position.

“The very announcement of the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov became a complication for Serbia and President Aleksandar Vucic. We are trying to survive energetically, financially and politically in a really difficult time, and I think the last thing we need is to have the world's problems solved through our backs, — she said (quote from

According to Mihajlovic, people in Belgrade constantly hear that “Serbia— Russia's best friend. “If they are our friends, <…> you shouldn't have planned to come at this moment, — considers the Deputy Prime Minister.

Lavrov's visit to Serbia was to take place on June 6-7. However, shortly before this, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, reported that Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia decided not to let the minister’s government plane through: “The EU and NATO member countries closed their airspace, closed another communication channel.”

The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry explained that the decision to deny access to Lavrov's aircraft was made due to EU sanctions imposed against him. Montenegro, in turn, said that such a step was inevitable for Podgorica, it was explained by the commitment to the country's obligations. They thought that Lavrov could go to Belgrade by train, since the railway connection between Moscow and the capital of Serbia is not limited.

According to Vučić, Belgrade was under attack because of the planned arrival of Lavrov. “You cannot understand how many countless negotiations there were in which Serbia was asked to cancel the reception of the Russian Foreign Minister,” — he said.

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Lavrov called the incident “unthinkable” outrageous. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “such hostile actions” do not interfere with Russia's contacts with other countries.

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Refusal to let the plane with Lavrov to Serbia linked with Scholz

The German Chancellor will arrive in Belgrade in the coming days

The disrupted visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Serbia was the result of the fact that the EU countries did not want his solemn reception to “set off” the forthcoming visit of the German Chancellor to the capital of Serbia. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to the Republic Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko.

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“There's more the reason — the contrast that would have arisen during the visit of Scholz, which will take place with a difference of only a few days, against the background of the reception of Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov here in Belgrade and Serbia», — said the diplomat on the air of Soloviev Live» .

The ambassador added that another reason for the disruption of the visit of the Russian minister was the unwillingness of the West to once again hear Moscow's position on Bosnia and Kosovo.

Lavrov's visit to Belgrade was supposed to take place on June 6 and 7 , however, the day before the trip it became known that the authorities of Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia closed their airspace for the plane with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The minister himself, commenting on the situation, called l the actions of these countries are “inconceivable” and “outrageous”, noting that they are also trying to deprive the sovereign state represented by Serbia of the right to implement foreign policy.

Later, the Montenegrin authorities said they closed the sky to the Russian aircraft due to obligations to comply with anti-Russian sanctions .

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Ranko Krivokapic noted that Lavrov could get to Belgrade by train, since the railway connection is open.


Croatian PM urges Serbia to ‘not sit on two chairs’ over Russia

The current conditions will force Serbia to decide which side it is on, Plenkovich said, commenting on the situation with the refusal of the Balkan countries to let Lavrov's plane through. Vučić promised to resist sanctions against Russia as long as possible

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The Serbian authorities should be careful and decide who they are with in the current conditions, if the republic intends to get into the European Union, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at a press conference, N1 TV channel reports.

This is how Plenkovic reacted to the request journalists to comment on the cancellation of the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Serbia— his plane the day before refused to let North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Montenegro through their airspace.

“This has nothing to do with us, this is a question between Russia and Serbia. Serbia needs to be very careful [and decide] which side it chooses and supports if it has ambitions to join the EU,— Plenkovic replied.— Now is not the time to sit on two chairs.

On June 5, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced the ban on the overflight of Lavrov's plane. She explained: “The Russian delegation was supposed to arrive in Belgrade for negotiations. Countries— EU and NATO members closed their airspace, closed another channel of communication. Lavrov called the incident unthinkable and expressed the opinion that Serbia was deprived of the right to conduct an independent foreign policy towards Russia.

The Russian minister was supposed to visit Belgrade on June 6-7, during the visit he planned to meet with President Aleksandar Vucic, Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic, Chairman of the National Assembly (Parliament) Ivica Dacic and Patriarch Porfiry of Serbia. Serbian Prime Minister Anna Brnabic noted that the organization of Lavrov's visit turned out to be a difficult task, even the President of Serbia was busy with it.

The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry confirmed the decision to deny Lavrov's plane overflight, explaining this measure with the sanctions imposed against the minister. European sanctions against the diplomat were introduced at the end of February. Zakharova assured that the head of the Foreign Ministry did not have accounts “anywhere abroad”.

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Vučić made a statement in mid-May that Serbia intends to resist the imposition of sanctions against Russia “for as long as it can.” He indicated that Belgrade was facing consequences for its position, in particular the lack of access to the capital market and difficulties in servicing loans. “Everyone will say, 'Vučić announces sanctions.' No. We will resist,— he stressed.

The Serbian president assured that the country does not adhere to either a Russophobic course or a pro-Western one, although it is surrounded by NATO states: «Serbia— like a small island. Some call it a problem. What is the problem if you believe in your people, in the heroic genes of your citizens, and that we are able to defend our land and want to have the right to defend our borders, our country, have our own military and defend our sky.

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Vucic announced requests to cancel Lavrov’s visit to Serbia

A large number of journalists from the West arrived in Serbia, Belgrade was “endlessly” persuaded not to receive Lavrov, Vučić said. He noted that the visits of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry to Turkey do not cause such a reaction. ” alt=”Vučić announced requests to cancel Lavrov's visit to Serbia” />

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The Serbian authorities are not surprised that the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had to be postponed,— Belgrade was under attack because of the minister's plans to visit the republic, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an interview with RTS (Radio and Television of Serbia).

“You cannot understand how many countless negotiations there were, in whom Serbia was asked to cancel the reception of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, — said Vucic.

The Serbian president pointed out that “more Western media has arrived in the country in the last 24 hours than ever before.” According to Vučić, they planned to photograph him with Lavrov in order to use the pictures to attack Belgrade. However, those who have criticized Serbia for wanting to host Lavrov are not doing the same to Turkey, a member of NATO, when the Russian Foreign Minister intends to visit Ankara. Vučić noted that there is no criticism of a number of EU leaders when they meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“You won’t [criticize Turkey], because you can only be so ruthless in relation to such small countries as Serbia,” — Vučić says. He also talked about the “bad feeling” due to the current situation in the world.

Commenting on the call of Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic not to “sit on two chairs” and decide on the side, Vučić noted that the Croatian side makes statements in a mentoring tone, and not in a good neighborly one. “They don't speak— I would like our friends from Serbia to be with us in something. These would be different words, — Vucic said.

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Lavrov's visit to Serbia was supposed to take place on June 6–7, but on June 5, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia decided not to let the minister's government plane through. She emphasized: “Countries— EU and NATO members closed their airspace, closed another channel of communication. Lavrov called the incident unthinkable and expressed the opinion that Serbia had been deprived of the right to conduct an independent foreign policy towards Russia.

The decision to deny access to Lavrov's plane was made due to the sanctions imposed against it, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry explained. The European Union imposed sanctions against the Russian Foreign Minister at the end of February. It was said in Moscow that the head of the Foreign Ministry had no accounts “anywhere abroad”.

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Interfax announced the cancellation of Lavrov’s visit to Serbia

The Balkan countries did not let Lavrov's plane into their airspace, and Russian diplomacy does not have the ability to teleport, the source of the agency explained

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Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro did not allow the overflight of the plane of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Serbia, his visit to Belgrade will not take place, told Interfax source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Our diplomacy has not yet mastered the ability to teleport",— noticed the interlocutor of the agency.

Earlier, the Serbian publication Evening News reported that the Balkan states closed the sky for Lavrov's plane, citing sources. Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova confirmed to TASS that the country has refused to provide an air corridor for the Russian government plane carrying Lavrov. Ambassador to Montenegro Vladislav Maslennikov told RIA Novosti that Podgorica indeed refused to allow the Russian aircraft to fly in its airspace.

Lavrov's visit was scheduled for June 6-7. He was to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, his colleague Nikola Selaković, Speaker of the Parliament Ivica Dacic and Serbian Patriarch Porfiry. According to the Evening News, due to problems with the flight of the Russian Minister, Vučić will meet with Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko on the morning of June 6.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic described the situation with Lavrov's arrival in the country as “exceptionally difficult” and said that Vucic is personally involved in organizing this trip. “It is unbelievable that in Europe and in the world there is such a situation that the president of the country should deal with such things as the logistics of the trip of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on which it depends whether he arrives or not,” — Brnabic said. In her opinion, Lavrov's visit would create “some kind of space for dialogue.” and would give the Russian minister the opportunity to express his position on the current situation in the world.

Vučić previously noted that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is also due to visit Serbia soon, could have given up after Lavrov's arrival.

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The President of Serbia has repeatedly spoken about the neutrality of the republic, but noted that its path is directed to the EU, although Belgrade does not intend to “trample its friendship that it has in the east.” After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Serbia did not impose sanctions against Russia, and Vučić spoke of his intention to adhere to this policy as long as he could.

In late May, the President of Serbia announced that Belgrade had no Russophobic or anti-Western course. “Dostoevsky, and Shakespeare, and Goethe, and Hemingway are welcome here, and Serbia can be proud of this, even if it is a rare country in today's world,” — stressed the head of state.

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Serbia announces ban on Balkan countries to let Lavrov’s plane through

Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bulgaria closed their airspace for Lavrov. Serbia previously admitted that the Russian minister's visit could be affected by flight problems

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Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bulgaria closed the sky for the plane of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which was due to arrive on a visit to Serbia, the local edition “Evening News” reports, citing sources.

The visit was scheduled for June 6-7. According to Evening News, due to this problem, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will meet with Russian Ambassador Alexander Bocan-Kharchenko on the morning of June 6.

It was assumed that during his visit to Serbia, Lavrov would meet with Vucic, and also head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovich, chairman of the National Assembly (the country's parliament) Ivica Dacic and Patriarch Porfiry of Serbia.

As Euroactiv writes, Vučić previously noted that the way Lavrov will arrive in Serbia — this is a “difficult question”. After the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is to visit Serbia, and Vucic allowed him to refuse to come after Lavrov. “That would be a tragedy,” — said the Serbian leader.

RBC turned to the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.


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Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic noted on the Pink TV channel that she considers the correct position of Belgrade to accept Lavrov, thereby giving him the opportunity to express his position on the current international situation, because now “no one in the world wants to talk to anyone.”

“So when you have a visitor at such a high level, <…> there is probably something that we need to hear in order to think, there is some space for dialogue, — said the minister.

At the same time, she noted that it is “extremely difficult” to organize the arrival of Lavrov, and therefore the Serbian president himself deals with this issue. She pointed out that the problems, in particular, are related to the flight of the minister.

Vučić said that Serbia does not allow either anti-Western or Russophobic behavior, and also behaves in accordance with the principles international public law. Serbia, in particular, did not join the sanctions against Russia.

The head of state also pointed out that his country, although aiming for EU membership, would not, under pressure and contrary to its own interests, change its attitude towards partners in the east. In addition, Belgrade is going to maintain a militarily neutral status, Vučić noted.

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Vučić said that Serbia has no anti-Western or Russophobic course

Vucic, who entered his second term, noted that Serbia behaves in accordance with the principles of international law and can unequivocally condemn its violations. He also called neutrality the path to the future for the country

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Serbia does not allow either anti-Western or Russophobic behavior and is proud of it, President Aleksandar Vučić, who entered his second term, said after taking the oath in the country's parliament, reports RTV.

Vucic noted that he is also proud of Serbia, which today behaves in accordance with the principles of public international law and can unequivocally and clearly condemn its violations.

“Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Hemingway are welcome here , and Serbia can be proud of this, even if it is a rare country in today's world,»— said Vucic.

He added that Serbia remains an island surrounded by NATO. “All around us are countries where NATO is located. There is not a single country that is not in NATO, Serbia is like a small island. Some call it a problem. What is the problem that you believe in your people, in the heroic genes of your citizens, and that we are able to defend our land and want to have the right to defend our borders, our country, have our own military and defend our sky, — he said.

Presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Serbia on April 3, Vucic was re-elected for a second term with a score of 60%, his Serbian Progressive Party received 43% of the vote. His opponent from the United Serbia opposition coalition, Zdravko Ponosh, won 17% of the vote, the coalition— 13%.

Vučić has repeatedly spoken about the neutrality of Serbia, but noted that its path is directed to the EU. At the same time, Belgrade does not intend to “trample its friendship that it has in the East,” he noted. Serbia also refused to impose sanctions against Russia, but, according to the president, it costs her dearly. Belgrade will resist imposing restrictions on Russia “for as long as it can.” Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a congratulatory telegram to Vucic, indicated that his foreign policy is independent, and partnership relations between the countries “meet the interests of the fraternal peoples of Russia and Serbia.”

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At the same time, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic in May compared the actions of Russia in Ukraine and the actions of Western countries in relation to Serbia in 1999 and 2008. “When the great powers choose which UN resolution to fully comply with and which to violate, then an international legal order based on the rule of force emerges. Russia today is doing what some other countries did to us in 1999 and 2008,— Brnabic said then. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called such a comparison inappropriate.

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Serbia to convene Security Council over Kosovo’s bid to join the Council of Europe

Kosovo's intention to apply for membership in the Council of Europe violates the UN Security Council resolution and other agreements, Vučić said. Earlier, he promised that Belgrade would immediately respond to Pristina's actions and “show its teeth” .jpg” alt=”Serbia will convene the Security Council because of Kosovo's application to join the Council of Europe” />

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Serbia will convene a meeting of the country's Security Council in connection with the application of partially recognized Kosovo to join the Council of Europe, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said.

The intention to apply for membership in the Council of Europe was confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Donika Gerwalla-Schwarz, Vučić told reporters after a dinner organized in Brussels for the leaders of the Western Balkans by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borel.

“I said that this violation of not only the principles of international public law, but also the norms of some agreements, including UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Washington Accords (an agreement on the normalization of economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo, concluded in Washington in 2020.— RBC< /em>)»,— quotes Serbian President

“We will start to react politically. If someone thinks they can blackmail us and break Serbia <…>, it won't be so easy»,— he added.

On May 6, Vučić promised that Belgrade would give an answer the same day it learned that Pristina had officially applied for membership in the Council of Europe. In the words of the Serbian leader, “the reaction will be much stronger than they think”: “Believe me, we will show you our teeth.” On the same day, the Kosovo news agency RTK reported that an “influential European country”, whose name was not given, was ready to send an invitation to Pristina to the Council of Europe.

In March, the European Stability Initiative think tank called on Kosovo to apply for CE membership after Russia announced its decision to withdraw from the organization, writes Euractiv. The center believes that the republic has every chance of joining the Council of Europe, given that 34 out of 46 of its members recognize the independence of Kosovo.

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Kosovo— member of the World Bank, IMF, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Olympic Committee; a partially recognized republic is not a member of the UN, WTO and other international organizations.

Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, before that it was an autonomous republic within Serbia. Kosovo has been recognized by most EU countries and more than a hundred countries— UN members. Serbia, China, Iran and a number of other countries do not recognize Kosovo as a separate state. Russia also does not recognize Kosovo as a separate state, there is a Russian diplomatic office in Pristina, which is a division of the embassy in Belgrade.

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Vučić says Putin’s words about Kosovo complicated Serbia’s position

Putin's words, comparing the situations of Kosovo and Donbass, complicated the situation for Serbia, Vučić said. He also drew attention to the statement of Scholz, who noted that all countries of the Western Balkans should enter the EU, “including Kosovo”

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Statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin to UN Secretary General António Guterres about The analogy of the situation in Kosovo and Donbas has complicated the position of Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters. A video of the press approach has been posted on his YouTube channel.

On April 26, Putin held talks with Guterres. During the meeting, he recalled that Kosovo was recognized by the International Court of Justice and its decision “was supported by all.” “If this is so, then the republics of Donbass <…> have the same right, without turning to the central authorities of Ukraine, to declare their sovereignty, because the precedent has been created, right? said the Russian president.

Vučić, commenting on this statement, noted that it complicated the position of Serbia. The President is on a working visit to Germany, where he held talks with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and is due to meet with Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock.

Scholz had previously met in Berlin with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. At a joint press conference after the talks, the Chancellor declared that “the Western Balkans belong to Europe”; and “all these states should join the EU in the future, including Kosovo.”

“Did you hear Olaf Scholz, what exactly does he say? And who does he think is responsible for what is happening in Bosnia, what he thinks should happen in Kosovo, and also on the issue of sanctions? <…> The statements barely reflect what is going on at the meeting. Our position is complex, terribly complex, and further complicated by President Putin's statements. <…> In the political sense, it has never been harder, and I am afraid that with everything that lies ahead in the economic sense, it has never been harder, — Vucic noted after that.

Serbia did not impose sanctions against Russia. At the same time, she joined the UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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In 2008, the Parliament of Kosovo unilaterally announced independence, the International Court of Justice recognized this decision as legal. Kosovo's independence is recognized by 98 countries, including the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany. Serbia itself, Russia and a number of other states do not recognize it. Serbia considers Kosovo an autonomous province, whose parliament does not have the authority to secede.

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SCMP: China secretly delivered the latest anti-aircraft missile systems to Serbia

According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing secretly supplied Belgrade with the latest weapons – HQ-22 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM).


Last week, the media reported on six cargo planes of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force that were seen in Serbian airspace. According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing secretly supplied Belgrade with the latest weapons – HQ-22 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM).

The publication notes that Chinese cargo planes landed at the Nikola Tesla airport. The Serbian Ministry of Defense did not respond to a media inquiry about the supply of weapons, but experts believe that there is every reason to believe that there is a secret collusion between the parties.

According to experts, hostilities in Ukraine may lead to an escalation of the conflict in other regions.

Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Belgrade had agreed to supply fighter jets from France and another country.


Will Vucic betray Russia: how is the President of Serbia blackmailed

Recognizing Western pressure, Belgrade sent a signal to Moscow

Serbia's vote in the UN General Assembly for the temporary expulsion of Russia from the International Human Rights Council came as a surprise to many, given the previously reserved and even friendly position of Belgrade towards Moscow. But even more surprising was the fact that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke frankly about the pressure exerted on his country. We looked into what factors influenced the choice of Serbia and what it means in the short term.

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Alexander Vučić's victory in the recent presidential elections was a positive signal for Russia. Under the conditions of large-scale anti-Russian sanctions, Belgrade refrains from categorically accepting the position of the “collective West”, preferring to maintain friendly and constructive relations with the Russian Federation. Of course, pragmatic calculation also plays a role – it is enough to recall the gas contract with Moscow that was beneficial for the Serbs, concluded last fall. However, in confirmation of the sincerity of his sympathy for Russia, Vučić, even in his “victory” speech after the elections, raised the issue of bilateral relations, in particular, assuring that the heritage of Russian culture would not be “expelled” from Serbia (as many countries are already doing).


In this context, the fact that Serbia became one of the 92 countries that voted in favor of the resolution to suspend Russia's membership in the UN Human Rights Council turned out to be a “wake-up call.” Especially considering that Belgrade had the right, if not speaking frankly on the Russian side, at least to abstain from voting. After all, 24 countries voted against the anti-Russian resolution, and 53 abstained.

The expected speculation that European partners put pressure on Belgrade received confirmation almost immediately – from the lips of Vučić himself. According to him, coercion to vote against the Russian Federation really took place. But – first of all, on the economic flank, and not on the political one.

“No one said:“ You can’t be president, ”no one is blackmailing me personally, but they are blackmailing Serbia. Now the fate of Serbia is being decided, whether they will exclude us from the package of sanctions on oil,” the president of the Balkan republic explained.

Apparently, Vučić was referring to one of the recent EU sanctions packages aimed at Russian energy companies, as well as foreign companies in which they own more than 51% of the shares – including Serbia's largest oil company NIS. The same Vučić has previously stated that European sanctions, while leaving open the possibility for the EU to import energy resources, actually prohibit third countries (such as Serbia), if their companies are owned by the Russian side, from importing oil from Russia.

Such rhetoric on the part of Belgrade in difficult conditions looks quite logical and, probably, the most digestible for all parties: the Western pressure factor is indicated without any equivocation, the principle of fighting for Serbian national interests, understandable to everyone, is observed. For Moscow, Vucic sent a clear signal – “nothing personal …”. In addition, do not forget: the suspension of Russia's membership in the UN Human Rights Council has so far been established only until 2023, and it is possible that the situation will change over the allotted time.

At the same time, regardless of the coercion from the US and Europe, Serbia has other reasons to follow the general course in some issues, and not to sabotage it, especially when it comes to a symbolic step.

“There is certainly an element of pressure on Belgrade, I emphasize, not completely, but partially for sure,” said Alexander Pivovarenko, a researcher at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in a commentary to MK. — There is pressure at the continental level through relations with the European Union (Serbia has been unsuccessfully trying to join the EU for a decade and a half, the process is moving slowly, and polls often show a decline in Serbian interest in European integration. — “MK”), but what is happening at the regional level is much more significant.

Since February 2022, the rhetoric of Serbia's neighbors – Kosovo, Croatia – has become tougher in relation to it. The bottom line is that the Serbian authorities must finally decide whether they are with the West or with the East.

Naturally, the security aspect cannot be discounted. Provocations happen regularly in Kosovo, and the situation in Bosnia Herzegovina is also not very calm. Belgrade is not in a position to “cut off from the shoulder”, so there is a powerful factor in harmonizing relations with neighbors: Albania, Croatia, Montenegro voted for the decision of the General Assembly on Russia.

Leaves an imprint and historical experience. As Alexander Pivovarenko recalled, over the past century, Serbia has repeatedly suffered due to actions that contradict the policies of its neighbors: “There is a certain fear that being surrounded by unfriendly countries may have a bad effect on the country, so I think the decision was partly taken instinctively.”

Another aspect, after the regional and historical one, concerns the Serbian economy, the expert emphasized: “Over the past years, quite a lot of loans have been issued to Serbia through the European Union, including for the fight against coronavirus. The last tranche at the moment, intended to raise the agricultural sector (which, of course, is extremely important in the context of the food problem), was approved quite recently, in March. It is obvious that the Serbian economy is becoming increasingly dependent on European lending, and the country's authorities cannot but take this into account.

In 2013, the Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia was signed, which has not disappeared anywhere, therefore, Alexander Pivovarenko believes, it is premature to talk about a serious complication of relations between Belgrade and Moscow.


Serbia will ask the Russian Federation and NATO on the incident with the fighter and the liner

Russian flight control service warned of a certain military aircraft

Serbian authorities will send official requests to the Russian Defense Ministry and NATO regarding the incident with a fighter jet, presumably of NATO forces, which entered Russian airspace on April 6 under the guise of an Air Serbia passenger airliner. President of the Republic Aleksandar Vučić spoke about this on national television.

According to the head of state, Belgrade will officially request information about this incident from Russia and NATO on April 8.

“Tomorrow we will send a request about additional information from the Russians, we will also demand information from NATO. And let's see who is being clever and posing a threat to civil aviation with fighters. Maybe this is an accident, it would be good if they explained this to us. We have the exact coordinates where this aircraft appeared” , – the President stressed.

Vučić read out the report of the Serbian pilot of the Moscow-Belgrade flight, in which it is noted that an alliance combat aircraft was flying under the passenger liner.

He also said that near the Lithuanian border, the Russian side had warned about a certain military aircraft that was near the liner. Employees of the Russian flight control service asked to visually identify him and give them information. It was a gray Phantom-15 or Eurofighter fighter.


Vučić explained Serbia’s vote for suspending Russia’s membership in the UNHRC

Serbian President Vučić explained the vote on Russia's membership in the UN Human Rights Commission by blackmailing the EU The President explained the decision of the republic by blackmail from the EU. On April 7, the UN General Assembly suspended Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council. In response, Moscow announced its early withdrawal from this organization

Serbia voted in favor of suspending Russia's membership in the UN Human Rights Council due to blackmail by the EU, President Aleksandar Vučić said in an interview with RTS.

According to Vucic, the country wanted to abstain from the very beginning, but in this case it would have faced pressure from both sides.

The European Union, the head of the republic claims, has postponed the decision on oil imports until 18:00, “to see if how Serbia will vote» for the suspension of Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council at the session of the UN General Assembly (started at 16:00). He also noted that the question will soon be decided whether Serbia will be able to import oil after May 15.

“According to the decision of the EU, we can import oil from anywhere until May 15, then we can’t, because Gazprom acts as the majority owner of NIS (Russian Gazprom Neft is the majority shareholder of NIS with a 56.15% stake, the second largest stake, 29.87%, is owned by the state. — RBC). We can import, but three times more expensive,— the president explained. “They can't blackmail me, but they blackmail the country,” — he noted.

Vucic called Serbia “the only country” that has not imposed any sanctions against the families of Russian leaders and companies. He added that Belgrade maintains its course towards joining the European Union (it has the status of a candidate), but does not turn away from friends.

On April 7, the UN General Assembly suspended Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council. 93 states voted for it, against— 24, another 58 abstained. In particular, in addition to Russia itself, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, the Central African Republic, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mali, Nicaragua, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry called the decision of the General Assembly “illegal and politically motivated.” “Russia’s sincere commitment to the cause of protecting and promoting human rights does not allow us to remain longer part of the international mechanism that has become the executor of the will of this group of countries that, in order to push through their goals and obtain the necessary votes in decision-making, do not disdain open blackmail of sovereign states,” — stated in the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Pro-Russian politicians win elections in Hungary and Serbia

How events in Ukraine helped win Viktor Orban and Aleksandar Vucic In Hungary and Serbia, pro-Russian politicians managed to win elections with record results. How the military operation in Ukraine helped Viktor Orban and Alexander Vučić in this – in the material of RBC 756490864183780.jpg” alt=”Pro-Russian politicians won elections in Hungary and Serbia” />

Orban's coalition won constitutional majority

The current Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his FIDES party Hungarian Civil Union in partnership with the Christian Democratic People's Party, they once again achieved victory in the parliamentary elections. As a result of voting on April 3, their coalition received 68% of the vote. This provided them with a constitutional majority for the third time in a row— 135 out of 199 seats in parliament, and hence the opportunity to form a government. Formed by Orban's main rival, opposition politician Peter Markey-Zaj, the six-party coalition won 28% of the vote, which equates to 56 mandates.

The final turnout was approximately 70% of voters. A referendum on a law banning LGBT propaganda among minors, held simultaneously with the election, was declared invalid.

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In January & February, before the start of the Russian military special operation in Ukraine, the victory of Orban's party did not seem obvious: 36 & ndash; 38% of voters were ready to vote for the ruling party, and 34 & ndash; 36% supported the opposition. Such a small gap was due to the serious dissatisfaction of the electorate with the domestic and foreign policy of the Hungarian leadership. In particular, the weak organization of the fight against the pandemic led Hungary to the second place in terms of the number of deaths from coronavirus in Europe— more than 5 thousand per 100 thousand population. Tensions with the EU over rule of law disputes (Brussels froze payments to Hungary and Poland until they bring their legislation in line with EU norms), failure to create a new coalition in the European Parliament and a controversial draft law to ban LGBT propaganda also contributed to the shift of preferences of the Hungarians towards the opposition, which, unlike FIDES, promised to strengthen the shattered ties with the EU.

But by the end of March, Orban's party managed to win back the lost positions: according to polls, about 40% of voters were ready to vote for it, and for the opposition coalition— only 32%. One of the reasons was that the events in Ukraine overshadowed the internal problems of the country.

Orban is known for meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin more often than other EU leaders. His last visit to Moscow took place a few weeks before the start of the military operation (Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto flew to Russia in November 2021 to receive the Russian Order of Friendship). Since the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, Orban has taken a position that ran counter to the official line of the EU: on the one hand, he joined the sanctions against Russia, on the other hand— declared his readiness to veto them if they affected the energy sector, and also repeatedly stated his refusal to supply weapons to Ukraine and transport them through Hungary. Orban also promised to block the decision to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine with the involvement of NATO forces.

Speaking via video link at the European Council summit on March 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested that Orban decide which side he is on. “Hungary… I want to stop here and be frank. Once and for all. Listen, Viktor, do you know what's going on in Mariupol?»— he turned to the Hungarian prime minister. Orban later stated that “Hungary is on the side of Hungary.”

In his triumphant speech on the evening of April 3, Orban said his party would remember this victory “for the rest of its life” because it had to fight a large number of opponents. He attributed Zelensky to them. “We have won a great victory” a victory so great that it can perhaps be seen from the moon and certainly from Brussels, — Orban said.

Time predicts that, despite his victory, Orban will face a number of challenges during his fourth term in office. First of all, payments blocked by the EU (their volume is about 6-7% of the country's GDP) will not be transferred to Budapest, which brings the deterioration of the already unstable economic situation in the country closer. In addition, the policy of supporting Moscow, which has already led to the political isolation of Hungary within the EU, will further destabilize relations between Budapest and Brussels.

Vučić became president again

The presidential and parliamentary elections in Serbia on April 3, unlike in Hungary, were held without intrigue: Aleksandar Vučić was expectedly re-elected for a second presidential term with a score of 60%, and his Serbian Progressive Party received 43% of the vote. Vučić's closest rival, leader of the United Serbia opposition coalition Zdravko Ponosh, got only 17% of the votes, the coalition— 13%. At the same time, for Serbia, the victory of a presidential candidate in the first round, as well as the re-election of the incumbent president for a second term,— infrequent occurrence. The party in power is expected to once again form a coalition with friendly forces to win a majority in the 250-seat parliament.

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Vucic, like Orban, with the start of the military operation in Ukraine, took a position that was contrary to the line of Brussels. Despite the fact that the country is not a member of the EU, in 2012 Serbia received the status of a candidate for accession, and therefore the association expected that Belgrade would adhere to a single course with the EU. However, Serbia remained the only European country that, although it advocated the preservation of Ukraine's sovereignty, did not join the anti-Russian sanctions of the West, and the national air carrier Air Serbia initially increased the number of flights to Moscow after European countries closed their airspace to Russian airlines.

Western countries have repeatedly called on Belgrade to join the sanctions against Russia, Vucic has repeatedly spoken about the pressure exerted on him. “What do you want from Serbia? Impose sanctions against Russia? And why didn't you introduce gas and oil?»— he asked, commenting on the EU's demand to join the sanctions. Vučić also stated that Serbia— an independent state that is not part of the European Union, and even admitted that he could impose sanctions already against Serbia. The re-election of Vučić will mean for Serbia closer attention from the EU in terms of the country's policy towards Russia, Politico notes.

When summing up the results of the elections, Vučić acknowledged the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on their outcome and said that he did not plan to change his course of balancing between the EU, Russia and China, and also announced the military neutrality of the country. “We will support policies that are important to Europeans, Russians and Americans, namely … military neutrality»,— he said. The Serbian leader also said that the country would try to maintain cooperation with Russia in various fields.

Editor-in-chief of the Balkanist project Oleg Bondarenko told RBC that he does not expect foreign policy shifts in Belgrade's policy. Serbia has a unique opportunity to develop relations with the United States, the European Union, Russia, China, the Arab world, so one should not expect a drift towards the EU, because over the past year no one in Brussels has named a specific date for the country's entry into the union, he explains.

“In the victory of Vucic and the party supporting him” combination of factors. Of course, these are the unconditional successes of the president, but also the crisis in which Europe has plunged. The issue of maintaining power in those countries where it is stable is natural, so we can draw a parallel between Vučić's victory and Orban's victory in Hungary, — Bondarenko believes.

The Serbian President himself on Sunday, speaking with reporters, noted that a direct consequence of the situation in Ukraine was the strengthening of right-wing forces in Serbia, Bondarenko added. Vučić, the expert notes, is in fact the only Serbian politician since the days of Slobodan Milosevic, who wins the first round for the second time— before him, the story was more characteristic when the winner was determined in the second round, bypassing the opponent by a few percent of the votes. At the last elections, the entry barrier for parties was lowered, which will make the composition of parliament more colorful, but the opposition is unlikely to be able to seriously oppose the plans of the government, the expert concluded.

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Hungary and Serbia make a choice between the EU and Russia

Viktor Orban and Aleksander Vučić, who hold a special position on the Ukrainian crisis, have a good chance to remain in power

Elections began in two European countries on Sunday, the results of which will determine not only the domestic policy of Hungary and Serbia, but also the relationship of Budapest and Belgrade to Moscow. The fact that the vote is taking place against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis only increases tension and raises the question of whether the Hungarians and Serbs will be able to continue balancing between Russia and the European Union in the future.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday, during his last pre-election rally before the vote, urged his compatriots not to experiment with the new leadership during the crisis.

In power since 2010, Orbán has told his supporters that only his government can ensure Hungary's security, arguing that the opposition will drag the country into a military confrontation. According to him, the armed conflict in Ukraine “changed everything, it also changed our campaign.”

In his campaign address, Orban presented himself as a reliable leader at a troubled time for the region. “We have already seen several crises, — said the head of the Hungarian government. – I suggest to the Hungarians not to experiment now. And he added that the country would be better off with people with experience and predictability.

As POLITICO notes, although Orban's Fidesz party leads in the polls, the opposition assures that the electoral system is unfair, and the Hungarian prime minister himself has faced criticism from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In recent years, Viktor Orban has enjoyed a reputation as a leader who maintains a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin while maintaining a rocky relationship with neighboring Ukraine. But when Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine weeks before the Hungarian elections, the prime minister turned around, sending a signal to voters that it was in Budapest's interest to be neither pro-Ukrainian nor pro-Russian.

“Ukrainians cannot ask us for help in such a way that in the meantime we are ruined, & raquo;, — Orban said. And although he told Kiev “Our heart is with them,” he added that “Hungary must defend its interests and must remain on the sidelines.” from conflict.

Ahead of the election, Viktor Orban accused the Hungarian opposition of making a deal with the Ukrainian government, as well as being ready to provide Kiev with weapons and support sanctions on energy imports from Russia if they come to power. However, the opposition dismissed the allegations as “propaganda.”

According to a POLITICO poll, Fidesz gaining 50 percent of the vote, while the opposition is gaining 44 percent.

Ahead of the vote, Prime Minister Orban also mentioned a referendum to be held in parallel with the elections, which the government is promoting as child-friendly, but which critics say is fueling the flames of homophobia in Hungary.

“We also should clearly say on Sunday: mother — woman, father — man — and leave our children alone”, — Orban said, adding that “gender madness” should be stopped.

Meanwhile, opposition politicians have urged their supporters not to lose hope despite what they call an uneven playing field. Ahead of the vote, writes POLITICO, both sides accused each other of fraud, with Orban's opponents expressing concern, in particular, over a report that said some ballots filled out by Hungarian-speaking residents of Romania were found in a landfill.

Peter Markey-Zai, the opposition candidate for prime minister, called the race a battle between David and Goliath, pointing to a scam, an “army of paid trolls,” a “propaganda machine” and “unlimited financial resources.”

Hungary's neighbor Serbia holds presidential elections on Sunday. And as POLITICO notes, “there is no doubt who will win.” — namely the incumbent President Aleksandar Vučić. But one big question looms over the Balkan country: will Vučić be able to maintain friendly relations with both Moscow and the EU after the outbreak of the military conflict in Ukraine?

The poll shows that Vučić and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) are dozens of percentage points ahead of their rivals, despite the fact that the country holds presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections on the same day.

Vučić has been the dominant political figure in Serbia for the past decade. During this time, he was increasingly accused of autocratic rule, fueled by government-friendly media and widespread nepotism, POLITICO claims. But while his prowess on the domestic political scene is close to absolute, Vučić finds himself in an extremely uncomfortable position on the international stage due to Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

Throughout his time in office, Vučić maintained close ties with both the EU and Russia, changing his allegiance between the two whenever he saw an opportunity to gain greater benefit and support for Serbia. Now he is under pressure to choose a side, writes POLITICO.

Initially silent on the Ukraine crisis, Belgrade ended up backing a UN resolution condemning Russia's actions but refusing to join Western sanctions against the Kremlin. The EU has made it clear that it expects membership candidates such as Serbia to follow Brussels' unified line on sanctions and foreign policy in general. How Vucic navigates this geopolitical landscape will be the defining challenge of his upcoming term.

As POLITICO notes, Belgrade's close ties to Moscow are often mistaken for evidence of staunch Russophilia among the Serbian political class and society at large: “But the truth is much more pragmatic: Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas, which it receives at a special low price. Ardent pro-Russian supporters — a vocal minority that receives disproportionate media coverage.

This is reflected in a study published earlier this week by the Belgrade polling agency Demostat. When asked whether Serbia should side with Russia or the EU in the Ukraine crisis, 50 percent of respondents said the country should remain neutral even if such a stance would lead to sanctions and shortages of goods on a scale similar to those experienced during the Balkan wars in 1990s. Only 21 and 13 percent supported Russia or Europe, respectively.

Demostat lead researcher Srečko Mihailović said this preference for neutrality reflects a deeply rooted long-term trend dating back to Yugoslav leadership in the Non-Aligned Movement during the Cold War. “The concept of neutrality and bloc non-alignment remains in the minds of Serbian citizens, regardless of everything that has happened during this time, — Mikhailovich said. – A significant number have always maintained neutrality, regardless of the consequences.

Nevertheless, acknowledges POLITICO, it remains an open question whether Vučić really wants to fully accept the position of the EU and the West. Brussels can check its readiness in two ways — by offering Serbia more incentives to make progress in its long-standing EU membership talks and by providing support that reduces energy dependence on Russia. Earlier this month, the EU took steps in the latter direction by offering Western Balkan states the opportunity to join its voluntary joint purchases of liquefied natural gas.


How the world reacted to the recognition of the DNR and LNR

On February 21, after a meeting of the Security Council, Putin announced his decision to recognize the DPR and LPR. On the same evening, he signed the relevant decrees. How Ukraine and other countries reacted to this – in the RBC review

Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky convened an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council.

USA: “We expected such a move by Russia and are ready to respond immediately. President Biden will soon issue an executive order prohibiting new investment, trade, and financing by American persons in, from, or in the so-called regions of the DPR and LPR of Ukraine. message from the White House.

DNR. “This is much more than help and support, it is the adoption of key decisions that give confidence in the peaceful future of a strong Russian Donbass. The President of the Russian Federation embodied the will of the Russians, the will of the Russian people for unity. We are grateful to Vladimir Putin and all of Russia, — wrote DPR chief Deris Pushilin.

NATO: “This further undermines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, undermines efforts to resolve the conflict, and violates the Minsk agreements to which Russia is a party,” ; statement by Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Germany: “President Putin's recognition of the separatist 'People's Republics'” in eastern Ukraine deliberately nullifies many years of efforts in the Normandy format; and OSCE. We will respond to this violation of international law and coordinate our actions with partners, — wrote German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock on Twitter.

Austria: “The recognition by the Russian President of the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine is a clear violation of the Minsk agreements and a challenge to diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution,” — wrote Chancellor Karl Nehammer on Twitter.

Serbia: “It remains an open question whether the crisis can spread to other parts of Europe. After the decision of the President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin, the political pressure on Serbia will be much greater,— said President Aleksandar Vucic in an interview with Pink TV. He noted that “Serbia is on the European path, but 85% of the population is always on the side of Russia.”

Netherlands: “The recognition of separatist territories in Ukraine is a flagrant violation of international law, the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the Minsk agreements. The Netherlands strongly condemns this act and will respond strongly in close coordination with our EU and NATO partners,— Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra on Twitter.

Georgia: “Georgia strongly condemns the 'recognition' of Russia of the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which repeats the scenario of 2008, which led to the occupation of 20% of our territories (meaning Russia's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia— RBC). Georgia supports you, President Zelensky, and supports Ukrainian territorial integrity and peace,” — President Salome Zurabishvili on Twitter.

France: “The President condemns the Russian President's decision <…>. This is a clear unilateral violation of Russia's international obligations and an encroachment on Ukraine's sovereignty. He [President Emmanuel Macron] is calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, as well as the adoption of targeted European sanctions, — Élysée communiqué.

UK: “This move represents a further attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, signals the end of the Minsk process and violates the UN charter. It demonstrates that Russia has preferred the path of confrontation to dialogue,— Foreign Minister Liz Truss on Twitter.

Council of Europe: “The Council of Europe reaffirms its unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We call on the Russian Federation to reverse this decision and refrain from further aggravating the situation. We urge our Member States to resolve their differences through dialogue based on respect for the principles enshrined in the Charter of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights,— Statement by Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maria Pejcinovic-Buric.

OSCE: “We call on the Russian Federation to refrain from any military intervention to implement this unfortunate decision and consider the long-term consequences for international relations,” organization chairman Zbigniew Rau on Twitter.

Latvia: “Decision taken by the President of the Russian Federation <…> is a continuation of the offensive against the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, which began in 2014 with the illegal change of borders in Europe,— a joint statement by the President, the Speaker of the Seimas, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The reaction of the West to Russia's decision to recognize the independence of the DPR and LPR did not come as a surprise, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda radio ;. “But didn’t we know what they said, they say and will say? What, for us it was some kind of revelation? <…> Did we not know how they would react? Of course they knew. The last two months have been extremely revealing— lied, lie and will lie».


Putin promised Vucic that Serbia will have enough gas in winter

Russian and Serbian Presidents Putin and Vucic discussed additional gas supplies Putin and Vucic discussed the possibility of additional supplies. In November, they extended the contract for six months, according to which Belgrade receives gas at $ 270 per cubic meter, while the exchange price in Europe jumped above $ 2 thousand.

Alexander Vucic and Vladimir Putin

Russia will adhere to agreements, and in winter Serbia will have enough gas. This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin during telephone conversations with his Serbian counterpart Alexander Vucic, the press service of the latter reports.

The day before, on December 24, Vucic announced that he would ask the Russian president for additional gas supplies.

“ The presidents discussed the energy situation in Europe and the world, continuing the conversation that they had a month ago in Sochi. Putin assured Vucic that Russia will stick to the agreements and Serbia will have enough gas in the winter. The leaders also discussed the possibility of additional gas supplies', & mdash; said in a press release.

The Kremlin press service clarified that Moscow and Belgrade have established a “ systematic work '' on gas supplies. It allows you to “ provide a stable heat and energy supply to the Serbian population and economy. '' Putin and Vucic also exchanged Christmas and Happy New Year greetings, Moscow added.

In autumn, the exchange prices for gas in Europe broke the record of $ 1.9 thousand per cubic meter. In the European Parliament and Naftogaz believe that Gazprom may be involved. According to the Ukrainian company, he “ sharply '' has reduced supplies of its own gas on the spot market in Europe, and also restricts additional supplies from other companies in order to artificially create a fuel shortage in the European market and put pressure on the EU in order to launch Nord Stream 2 as soon as possible.

At Gazprom told RBC that the company is supplying gas “ according to consumer requests in full compliance with the current contractual obligations. ''

Putin, in turn, also said that there was “ no truth '' in the accusations against the company due to the rise in prices. According to him, the cause of the energy crisis was “ rash actions '' European authorities, who decided to abandon long-term contracts and reorient to exchange gas trading. “ It was the smart guys who in the last European Commission came up with the market pricing for gas, here's the result for you. & lt; … & gt; And those who agreed to conclude long-term contracts with us in Europe now can only rub their hands and rejoice, '' & mdash; he noted.

One of such long-term contracts with Russia was concluded with Serbia. The agreement has been in effect since 2012 and expired at the end of 2021. But in November, Putin and Vucic, at a meeting in Sochi, extended it for another six months. Under this agreement, Serbia pays for gas the previous $ 270 per 1,000 cubic meters. m. According to Vucic, the terms of the contract allow the country to save up to $ 8.6 million daily.

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Miguel – Come Through And Chill lyrics

(feat. J. Cole & Salaam Remi)

[Intro: Miguel & J. Cole]
Pick up the phone, show me it was real
Pick up the phone, show me it was real
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[Verse 1: J. Cole]
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‘Specially if he’s a fan
He’ll prolly never wanna hear my shit again
And I need every single SoundScan
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I was countin’ down the days
Been more patient than a Browns fan
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Left you on read, apologies are said
But often never meant, well fuck that, I repent
For message never sent, now…

[Verse 2: Miguel]
Hello, stranger
It’s been a minute since we last kicked it
And by the way, just got in town
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But since recruiting isn’t an option
Due to unusual rain and thunder
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[Pre-Chorus: Miguel]
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[Chorus: Miguel]
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Mmm say it

[Post-Chorus: Miguel]
I wanna f… all night (say it)
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I wanna f… all night (say it)
I wanna f… all night

[Verse 3: Miguel]
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[Pre-Chorus: Miguel]
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‘Cause I got the plug, I made the call for green
I’m talkin’ late-night for you
Let me lay a great time on you
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[Chorus: Miguel & J. Cole]
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[Verse 4: J. Cole]
In case my lack of reply had you catchin’ them feelings
Know you’ve been on my mind like Kaepernick kneelin’
Or police killings, or Trump sayin’ slick shit
Manipulatin’ poor white folks because they ignant
Blind to the struggles of the ones that got the pigment
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[Chorus: Miguel]
Just say you will, will, will
Come through and chill, chill, chill
Just say you will, will, will
Come through and chill, chill, chill
Just say you will, will, will
I wanna f… all night (say it)
I wanna f… all night (uh-huh, uh-huh)
Come through and chill, chill, chill
I wanna f… all night (say it)
I wanna f… all night
Just say you will, will, will
I wanna f… all night (say it)
I wanna f… all night (uh-huh, uh-huh)
Come through and chill, chill, chill
Mmm say it

[Post-Chorus: Miguel]
I wanna f… all night (uh say it)
I wanna f… all night (uh-huh, uh-huh)
I wanna f… all night (say it)
I wanna f… all night

[Outro: J. Cole & Miguel]
Pick up the phone, show me it was real
Pick up the phone, show me it was real
Pick up the phone, show me it was real
Pick up the phone, (Mmm say it) yeah