A deputy speaker of the Serbian Parliament from the Socialist Party of Serbia, Snezana Paunovic, stated on Jan. 19 that Germany's special envoy for the Western Balkans, Manuel Sarrazin, had the right to announce Berlin's official stance and seek the recognition of Kosovo as independent, but that Serbia had "the right and obligation to reject such blackmail."
"The Serbs have fought to liberate Europe that promotes civilization values and democracy and which does not advocate fascism, and we wish to be a part of such Europe. That is how we view the European path. This cul-de-sac that Mr. Sarrazin is imposing on us on Berlin's behalf in the form of order and blackmail – we have the right and obligation to reject," Paunovic told BETA.
Paunovic has stated that, "if she understood correctly," Europe in the 21st century was requesting Serbia to cede a part of its territory and legalize the forced secession, and that the biggest paradox was that they said that almost in the same sentence and with the same fervor with which they spoke about the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.