According to a survey by the Serbian newspaper Politika, 44% of the Serbian population wishes to join the EU, while 61% of Serbs are in favor of an “alliance with Russia.”
Recently, the Serbian president, Tomislav Nikolic, said that the rapprochement with the EU remained the priority of the country’s foreign policy. According to him, Serbia, a candidate for EU membership, could increase the quality of life of its citizens, ensure the protection of its sovereignty and modernize its armed forces.
However, Tomislav Nikolic and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, has repeatedly stated that Belgrade would not give up his close ties with Russia.Furthermore, according to statements by political leaders, Serbia will not participate in anti-Russian sanctions, despite pressure from Brussels.Serbia has obtained the official status of candidate country to the European Union in March 2012. Before joining the EU, Serbia must achieve complete the 35 chapters of the acquis communautaire. However, no consultation between Brussels and Belgrade has been opened so far on this issue.
On July 8, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay an official visit to Serbia as part of his tour of the countries of the Western Balkans. In this respect, the Serbian side expects the opening of negotiations on its accession to the EU.