BELGRADE – “Serbia is committed to European Union membership but it will work hard to improve relations with its traditional ally Russia,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić told Reuters.
“Serbia is on the European path and that is our strategic goal. We want our society to be modelled after most developed Western European countries,” Vučić said and added that he would work hard as president to maintain good relations with fellow Christian Orthodox Russia as well, Reuters reports.
“We have to show ordinary people what are we doing together. We have to show concrete roads and concrete projects.” said Vučič who is characterised by Reuters as “once a firebrand nationalist.”
Vučić said that they are also discussing economic cooperation with Russia, that they would like to attract more investors and added that investors could profit on trade deals with EU member states.
Vučić will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday.
As Reuters reported, Vučic said Serbia is also looking to build economic cooperation with China. He said he expected a Chinese private company to start flights between Beijing and Belgrade.