Hahn: Currently No Pressure On Serbia In Relation To Russia

BELGRADE, Nov. 20, 2014 (BETA) - European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said on Nov. 20, after talks with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, that "currently" there was no pressure on Serbia to fully comply with European Union policy and introduce sanctions against Russia, but added that policy harmonization was part of the negotiation process.

Hahn said that Serbia's refusal to introduce sanctions was the country's current stance and connected to its past.

Nikolic said that Serbia would "definitely not introduce sanctions" against Russia in the coming years, but that citizens should be aware "of all the sacrifices" the country will have to be ready to make when it becomes an EU member one day.

Hahn said that Serbia needed to continue implementing reforms "in a sustainable manner" as the tempo of the accession talks would also hinge on the negotiations with Pristina.

Nikolic said that Serbia would "not be able to go much further" in talks with Pristina if Pristina "continues to negotiate (with Belgrade) as an independent country."

Hahn welcomed Serbia's "constructive and leading" role in region and the "responsibility" the country had demonstrated during Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama's visit to Belgrade.

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