MOSCOW – Serbia applied to join the European Union in 2009 and received an EU candidate status in 2012. Currently, Belgrade is in the process of negotiating its accession to the bloc.
“After years of fruitless negotiations with the EU, we see no alternative to a strategic partnership with Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union,” chairman of the Serbian Dveri political movement Bosko Obradovic told Sputnik.
The Eurasian Economic Union includes the member-states of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. It is an integration association, with the aim of streamlining the flow of goods and services between its member countries.
“Serbia, which is currently experiencing a decrease in domestic production and serious social challenges, will not benefit from second-class EU membership status while becoming a source of cheap labor for Western Europe,” Obradovic stated.
The politician advocates economic patriotism and intensified cooperation with Russia, noting that instead of facing economic pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Serbia needs to consider the opportunities that the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) could offer and choose to accede to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) instead of pursuing a policy of rapprochement with NATO.
“Serbia must oppose the dictates from Brussels that plans to turn Serbia and other Balkan states into the largest refugee reception point, an immigrant colony, as it might thus become another condition of Serbia joining the European Union,” Bosko Obradovic stated.
According to the Dveri chairman, Brussels pursues its own secret agenda in an attempt to channel a deluge of undocumented immigrants into non-EU states that will be forced to silently agree, tethered by their EU membership aspirations.
“There is an unwritten plan to redirect a refugee flow through non-members of the European Union, such as Macedonia and Serbia, instead of allowing asylum-seekers to continue their journey to Western Europe through EU member-states such as Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania,” Obradovic underlined.
The ongoing refugee crisis might result in religious and cultural conflicts, as well as problems of an economic, social and security nature, he added.
Serbia needs to close its borders amid the migrant crisis since Belgrade is not responsible for the conflicts in the Middle East and Africa that are causing the mass exodus, the politician stressed.