Tanjug News Agency
May 18, 2022

Vucic: Pressure on Serbia over Kosovo-Metohija extremely high

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday Serbia was in a specific situation when it comes to all developments regarding Kosovo-Metohija and that extreme pressure over the issue had led him to hold a meeting with Serbian Orthodox Church archbishops to hear their opinions.

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“That is where it will be increasingly difficult to protect our interest because the pressure will get tougher than ever. Since the day the president of Russia said what his incursion into Ukraine was based on in terms of formal law and politically, all Western powers have been working on untying the Kosovo-Metohija knot in order to deprive the Russian president of that argument,” Vucic said.

“Of course, the Russians have identified the mistakes they (Western countries) have made in the past and are using that for their needs, which is logical behaviour, but to us that is just an additional burden and additional trouble,” Vucic said.

He said Serbia was under enormous pressure as the only country in Europe that had not imposed any sanctions on Russia.

“That is giving us major problems, which are not small and will grow,” he said.

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Tanjug News Agency
May 18, 2022

Porfirije: Position of Church always one of praying for peace

The position of the Church is always one of praying to God for peace, Patriarch Porfirije of the Serbian Orthodox Church said at a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday.

He said everyone in the Serbian Orthodox Church was praying for peace to come to Ukraine as soon as possible, for the language of weapons to stop as soon as possible and for discussions and dialogue to begin.

The language of dialogue must be one of love and the heart, Porfirije said.

He thanked Vucic for everything he was doing as president to make the global crisis less felt by Serbian citizens, as well as for a brief and precise description of the global situation and the position Serbia was in.

“We are all feeling that the times are complicated and more than difficult,” Porfirije said, adding that the conflict in Ukraine was not simply “a conflict between two countries that should by all accounts have a possibility of coexistence, but a much deeper conflict.”

He said the conflict was not merely a geopolitical one, but a conflict between systems of values and civilisations.

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Vucic said that in the autumn, in September and October, Serbs would need unity more than ever before because great temptations and the most difficult times since 1945 were ahead.

“Right now, Serbia is the only country in Europe that has not imposed sanctions on Russia and that is why we are under enormous pressure, and that is giving us problems that are not small and will grow,” Vucic said after welcoming the patriarch and Serbian Orthodox Church archbishops….

“We will inform you of all decisions. We will do everything to ensure all decisions we make are in line with the interest of Serbia and the citizens, and we will preserve peace and our own moral values,” Vucic told the church leaders, noting that this would not be easy to do.