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Trifkovic on Biden in Serbia

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By:Chronicles | August 18, 2016

RT International interviewed Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, foreign-affairs editor of Chronicles, on August 17 regarding U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Belgrade.

RT:  You once mentioned that Serbian officials are warmly welcoming Biden because they want to hurry their way into EU. But what has Biden to do with the EU?

ST: Biden actually said that the US has materially contributed to the opening of the two latest chapters in Serbia’s negotiations with the EU–chapters, which had been temporarily halted because of Croatia’s insistence. Washington is more than capable of pressing certain buttons, which then have their echo and reverberations in both the Balkans and in Brussels. Biden also said that during his brief talks with Vucic he made reference to Serbia’s standardization of arms and equipment with NATO. This is a significant statement, bearing in mind that last February Serbia signed an agreement giving NATO personnel extraterritorial status, de facto diplomatic immunity inside Serbia. These are all rather worrying developments. When Biden praises Serbia’s European path, he’s effectively saying that he’s pleased with Serbia’s policy of capitulating on the most important issue of all, which is the status of Kosovo.

Read the full interview here: https://www.rt.com/op-edge/356301-biden-serbia-visit-vucic-kosovo

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