In the European Parliament is concerned about the growth of Russian influence in Serbia
Moscow. March 20. INTERFAX.RU — the strengthening of Russian influence in Serbia is a serious concern, said the Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on foreign policy, German politician David McAllister.
“Russia is deliberately pursuing in Serbia the strategy of tension. It is a cause for serious concern,” said McAllister in an interview with Die Welt newspaper published on Monday.
According to the MP representing the party of the Christian democratic Union (CDU),
Moscow is trying to exert a massive influence on the media, some politicians, and civil society in Serbia
Despite the fact that the EU is the largest investor in Serbia intends to 2020 to allocate Serbia 1.5 billion euros of financial assistance for the implementation of the reform and development of the economy, “Russia is perceived by Serbian society as the most important ally,” he stated.
“The Balkans is a region with high risk of explosion, where as a result of the irresponsible actions promptly can re-animating the conflicts that have long been considered overcome,” said McAllister, who was quoted by the radio station Deutsche Welle.
According to the MEP, Brussels should “with Serbian politicians and civil society to do its good work even more intuitive”.
Serbia is an official candidate for EU membership since 2012.