“It seems that we were the only ones responsible and that I was not the only one who lied to the people. and he was guided by the interests of Serbia, “Vucic told reporters from Serbia in Greece, where he is visiting today on the occasion of the start of construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.
Asked about the assessment of the media in Croatia that he was “cornered”, Vučić assessed that they “do not understand that politics is a choice”.
“I can easily choose their side and I would be praised much more than all of them, but this is Serbia’s choice to pursue an independent policy in the interest of citizens, not Brussels, Washington or Moscow,” Vucic said, adding that he expected such a policy. Serbia is leading in the future.
He stated that he was “nervous” before the trip to Berlin and that he was “afraid of talks” with the new German chancellor Olaf Scholz, because, as he said, “he does not expect the talks to be easy”.
Vučić also told reporters that it was “nice to hear” that Serbia had progressed on the Reporters Without Borders list on media freedom, but that “he doesn’t think that’s the most important thing”, because “there is still a lot to do: to lower polarization in the media.” to be more open to different opinions is important for us and for the democracy of society “.
Vučić: There will be enough food in Serbia, the bigger problem is the provision of energy
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, stated today that Serbia will have enough food for its population, but also that the provision of energy will be a bigger problem.
“We will have enough food, but a lot must be done to make it so,” he told reporters in Serbia, Greece, after attending the ceremonial start of construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the port city of Alexandroupolis.
Vučić stated that it is necessary to provide sufficient quantities of mineral fertilizer for sowing, as well as nitrogen fertilizer or urea for top dressing.
“We don’t have it anymore, and the price of urea has risen. That’s why I talked to the Iranian president yesterday about concluding a barter agreement that would mean that Iran supplies urea fertilizer to Serbia and Serbia supplies wheat or corn to that country.” he said.
In that way, as he explained, there would be enough fertilizer for all other field crops.
According to Vučić, in addition to food, the key problem in the world and in Serbia is the provision of energy, but the problem is also inflation and the inability to enter the financial markets.
“Who will now enter the bond market, how to do not new loans, but replacement loans. Impossible, because cash is becoming a resource. It is good because Serbia does not have a high rate of public debt in relation to GDP, and today it is 58 , 1 percent, “he said.
Speaking about the problem of energy supply, Vučić stated that Europe and Serbia are facing “the most difficult winter since 1950”.
He reminded that Serbia is about to negotiate with Russia on new gas deliveries, because 99 percent of gas will continue to come from that country, at least in the next few years.
Vučić added that he is already intensively asking the EU representatives what the sixth package of sanctions against Russia brings, ie whether it also applies to third countries and what will happen with oil deliveries through the oil pipeline.
He pointed out that it will not be possible to withdraw converted natural gas from liquefied natural gas from the LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis for another year and a half.
“During that time, both Serbia and Bulgaria must complete the interconnector, but Serbia must also build an interconnector to Northern Macedonia, if that country releases part of the gas from the TAP gas pipeline,” Vucic said.
He pointed out that he would “do his best” to provide the necessary energy for the citizens and the economy, but that he could not guarantee that.
Asked by reporters whether Serbia has a solution if the EU imposes an embargo on oil from Russia, which would jeopardize NIS and oil supplies, Vucic said a solution would be found, “because the state must have oil”, but did not elaborate.
Vučić: Fraternal conversation with Mitsotakis
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, said that he had a “fraternal conversation” in Greece today with the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on several topics.
“Friendly, and I would dare to say, almost fraternal conversation with Kyriakos Mitsotakis on all important topics and bilateral relations. I expect him in Belgrade soon,” Vucic wrote on Instagram.
Along with the message, Vučić also published a photo showing him sitting with Micotakis at a table in a restaurant.
Today, the two of them, together with the Prime Ministers of Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria, Dimitar Kovacevski and Kiril Petkov, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, attended the beginning of the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the port city of Alexandroupolis.
Earlier today, Vučić thanked Mitsotakis for inviting Serbia to the event in Alexandroupolis, along with photos with the present leaders.
“Thank you very much, dear friend, for inviting Serbia to an event important for the entire region. It is a great honor for me to attend the celebration of the construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Alexandroupolis,” Vucic said on Instagram.