On Saturday, Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said his country will remain committed to respecting international law and will not be involved in any conflict between NATO and Russia.
Vulin suggested that the West withdraw the recognition of Kosovo if the political track aims to follow the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty as the most important principle in international politics.
The minister mentioned that he refused to make Serbia a NATO infantry force, and Belgrade to become a force to be drawn into the conflict with Russia.
He indicated earlier that Western countries are offering Serbia to recognize the independence of Kosovo and cut any ties with Russia, in return for helping Belgrade to progress faster towards joining the European Union (EU).
On her part, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on Belgrade to choose a specific side over the Russian operation in Ukraine.
Previously, EU foreign policy leader Josep Borrell said EU candidate countries should operate in accordance with the European Union in foreign policy, citing the foreign ministers of Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, and Montenegro as examples.
Borrell urged Serbia to join the sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its attack on Ukraine, stressing that maintaining close relations with Moscow is no longer compatible with the goal of forging a common future with the European Union.
Serbia has declined to participate in the Ukraine conflict sanctions against Russia, citing its long-standing political, cultural, and economic links with Russia.