In a raucous session of parliament on Thursday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić presented the West’s ultimatums on Kosovo and Ukraine. “Today we are witnessing a kind of Third World War, which will become larger, wider, and more severe than today in the coming days, weeks, and months. Mark my words,” Vučić told members of the Serbian parliament. “In a whirlwind of war, you… cannot be neutral, remain silent, hide under a rock, because they will not allow you to do that.”
Vučić admitted that his country is being pressured by the West to impose sanctions on Russia against the will of the Serbian people who overwhelmingly disapprove of such a move. When discussing possibly imposing sanctions, which countries such as Hungary have decried as ineffective, Vučić said, “I don’t know, maybe we will have to. As long as we don’t have to, it’s better that way.”
The Serbian President explained that the West is not interested in the democratic voice of the Serbian people, but is insisting that Belgrade obey their dictates. “I am not thrilled about it,” Vučić told parliament, “but I don’t know how much longer we can hold out without imposing the sanctions. We are paying the price for not imposing them, but that is a matter of our leadership’s political choice.”
Vučić admitted that he does not like the Franco-German proposal on Kosovo, which the European Union is trying to impose on Serbia. “I will not allow Kosovo to enter the UN...” the President declared after parliament erupted into chaos as tempers flared and members began shouting and pushing and shoving one another.
Vučić warned that Serbia will become a European “pariah” state if it does not comply with the dictates from Brussels and Washington to normalize relations with Kosovo and to impose sanctions on Russia.
He said the two issues have been linked since the conflict in Ukraine began on February 24 of last year, accusing Prishtina of using the war to provoke a new crisis in the region. “They see us as the enemy, and they persecute our people,” Vučić explained. “There are attacks on the Serbs in Kosovo. All of these are against the Brussels Treaty. They created lots of problems.”
One opposition leader from the Love, Faith, Hope Movement, Nemanja Sarović, told the Serbian news outlet N1, “What do we care if Kosovo joins the United National if the first article of the Franco-German proposal stipulates that Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s territorial integrity, the only thing that can be negotiated is Kosovo’s autonomy within Serbia.”