Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sept. 11 that he had acquainted Czech President Milos Zeman with the difficulties Belgrade is encountering on its path to EU membership and in relations with Pristina, and that he had also assured his counterpart that Serbia will find a way to protect its state interests and, at the same time, create better living conditions for its citizens.
Vucic also said that he had expressed his gratitude to the Czech president for his position on Kosovo and for not hiding his sincere love for Serbia and the Serb people, adding that such friends of Serbia are rare.
“We will continue with our policy of military neutrality because this is a decision of the Parliament and the people. I am sure that it is the best decision. In this way we take care of ourselves and protect our skies, but we also have good relations and cooperation with NATO… Wounds of the Serb people from 1999 have yet to heal and it is hard to find a single person who understands what NATO was doing in 1999,” the president said.
Czech President Milos Zeman said in Belgrade that he is sincerely favoring friendship between the Czech and Serb peoples, intimating again that he will raise the issue of a possible reconsideration of his country’s stance regarding Kosovo’s independence.
At a joint conference with President Vucic after their talks Zeman avoided to directly answer the question whether the Czech Republic can be expected to alter its position on Kosovo’s independence by saying that he is not a dictator and that in one month’s time, at a conference on the Czech Constitution, he will ask whether such a move is possible.