Joksimovic and Chepurin on EU integration, region and international relations

25. July 2017. | Belgrade

Joksimovic and Chepurin on EU integration, region and international relations

Minister of European Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia Jadranka Joksimovic held discussions yesterday with Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Serbia Alexander Chepurin on relations between the two countries, the process of European integration and reforms that are being implemented over the course of that process.

During the meeting at which the situation in the region and other important topics were discussed, Joksimovic underlined that EU membership is Serbia's strategic orientation, stressing that it is not good to create an atmosphere where our country is constantly under pressure to declare its position.

Our strategic goal is clear and it is European integration, she repeated, pointing out that such orientation was confirmed by the most recent opinion poll, according to which 49 percent of citizens clearly support the country's European path.

It is in the interest of Serbia to maintain and preserve good political and economic relations with the Russian Federation, as well as with all other important global forces, all in the context of complex international relations, Joksimovic emphasized.

She reiterated that Serbia highly appreciates Russia's principled support in relation to Kosovo and Metohija.

Joksimovic presented Serbia’s process of European integration to Ambassador Chepurin. Chepurin stressed that the Russian Federation appreciates Belgrade's efforts to preserve good relations with Moscow, in the context of complex international relations.

As regards the situation in the region, Joksimovic and Chepurin agreed that cooperation is a prerequisite for its stability and development, and that everyone should show genuine commitment to this goal.

Joksimovic highlighted that Serbia has unequivocally demonstrated that it is a promoter of regional cooperation, thus actively contributing to stability − which is important both for the EU and beyond.

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