Moscow would be disappointed if Belgrade imposed sanctions against Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Oct. 18, adding that any Serbian government guided by national interests would not commit “political hara-kiri” by joining sanctions (against Russia).
“It would be insincere of me to say that we would be indifferent to potential sanctions imposed by Serbia against us. Of course, we would be disappointed,” Grushko told Russian news agency Sputnik in Serbian replying to the interviewer's comment that some in Serbia had been using the argument that even if Belgrade imposed sanctions against Russia, Moscow should “understand that there was no other option.”
“Joining the sanctions, and I am speaking theoretically, means imposing sanctions against yourself. Our stand is that every government which is guided by national interests and does not yield to pressure, would not commit such political hara-kiri,” Grushko said at the end of his visit to Belgrade.
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