Vladimir Putin's propagandist furious at Serbia: They are no longer our brothers

"Do you still consider Serbia a brotherly state? We have no brothers in the world."

by Sead Dedovic
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Vladimir Putin's propagandist furious at Serbia: They are no longer our brothers
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Sergey Mardan, a famous Russian propagandist and follower of Vladimir Putin, made interesting statements regarding Serbia, a country many Russians consider brotherly. Although Serbia's policy has been peculiar since the beginning of the war, given that Serbs do not want to take a direct stance, they lean towards Ukraine, at least judging by recent events. 

Mardan claimed in his speech that Serbia exported grenades to Ukraine worth 800 million euros, which Ukrainians used to attack Russian positions in many parts of Ukraine. Mardan fiercely criticized Serbia, stating that the country behaves like the last w*. He sent a message to Russians:

"Do you still consider Serbia a brotherly state? We have no brothers in the world." 

The president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, is known for his 'double policy,' as he often leans towards Russia at times and Ukraine at others. In April this year, when asked by reporters about his stance on the Russia-Ukraine war, he said: 

"If I were to speak with a personal connotation, it could have consequences for Serbia, so I cannot answer that," said the Serbian president

"I am the first since Nikola Pašić to receive the Order of Alexander Nevsky. My daughter attended a Russian school. She speaks perfect Russian. The rest of us understand that political language well enough. All of this affects us terribly. I have to take special care of Serbia. I am the president of Serbia," Vučić said.

Aleksandar Vucic
Aleksandar Vucic© Sean Gallup/Getty Images News
 

Aleksandar Vučić is cautious in his statements, aiming not to lean towards any side. He is aware that siding with any party could produce anger from the other side, so he currently aspires to maintain balance. Many political experts and analysts, however, believe that Vučić is aligned with Russia but cannot openly declare such a stance. The Serbian president appreciates Russia's policy towards Serbia, which has consistently respected the country's territorial integrity. Yet, he also stressed that Russians set flight bans on Serbia in the 1990s.

"But that was a different time. Our duty is to act in accordance with international public law and respect principles. This has placed us among a small number of countries that can boast of this. It costs us a lot, but we must make decisions daily and fight for the citizens of Serbia," he said.

Vučić has also met several times with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a major adversary of Vladimir Putin. During their last meeting a few months ago, the Ukrainian president thanked Serbia for its support regarding sovereignty, integrity, and humanitarian aid. The Serbian president then emphasized in an interview with Serbian media that Ukrainians and Russians are Slavic brothers of Serbia.

The Serbian president also had an interesting response when asked about the export of ammunition to Ukraine. Vučić emphasized that Serbia intends to boost economic growth and can contribute by exporting ammunition.

"This is part of our economic revival and important for us. Yes, we export our ammunition. We cannot export to Ukraine or Russia, but we have many contracts with Americans, Spaniards, Czechs, and others. What they do with it in the end is their business," said Vučić, as reported by Klix.

Russian media reacted

Russian media have already begun reporting and commenting on the moves of Serbian authorities regarding the export of weapons to Ukraine. Yuri Ushakov, an assistant to the Russian president, recently stated that Vladimir Putin and Aleksandar Vučić will not hold any talks in the near future, and that contacts with the President of Serbia are not planned.

It seems that the Russian public is not happy with the moves of the 'brotherly' country, considering their moves unacceptable. Vladimir Putin has still not shared his opinion regarding Serbia's move, but we can be sure that he is not happy with this kind of Serbian policy.

The Serbian president is not optimistic about the future of Europe and the world, expecting that things will get even worse in the coming period. However, his intentions are to maintain stability and security within the country, work on economic progress, and lead Serbia in the right direction. He often emphasizes in his speeches that the primary goal of his policy is to improve Serbia, but also to maintain positive relations with all countries.

"I expect the situation to escalate in the coming months and to face very serious consequences, I am talking about Europe and the world. But we must be firmly determined to do our job in the best possible way, to preserve the peace, to ensure economic growth," said Vučić for Radio Television of Serbia (RTS).

The future could bring big changes on the global map, but let's hope that the war in Ukraine does not escalate into something much more.

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