• The EU is concerned by the growing influence of Russia in Serbia

  • Russia is pursuing a policy of destabilization of the situation in Serbia, fearing the entry of the Balkan Republic into the European Union. This was stated in an interview with the newspaper Die Welt, the head of the European Parliament Committee on foreign Affairs David McAllister.

    "This gives us reason for great concern," he said. According to McAllister, Moscow is trying more and more to influence the media, political parties and civil society of Serbia.

    The MEP added that, in addition to Russia, to strengthen its influence in the Balkan region trying Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    McAllister noted that Brussels is the largest sponsor of Belgrade. The European Union plans to send Serbia financial assistance in the amount of 1.5 billion euros.

    He added that the participation of the EU in the support of the Serbian civil society should be even more noticeable.

    "The Balkans is a volatile region where in the near future because of the irresponsible actions can re-ignite the conflict that are considered long resolved," — he explained.

    3 March, the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini in the Parliament of Serbia met Pro-Russian slogans. So, some MPs chanted "Serbia, Russia, we do not need the EU!"

    The negotiation process on the accession of Serbia to the EU were launched in December 2015.

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