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Parliamentary questions
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25 December 2019
E-004599/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Malik Azmani
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Serbia’s backing of Russia in UN resolution on Crimea and Sevastopol

At the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 2019, Serbia voted against a resolution condemning Russia’s occupation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The resolution urges the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces and reaffirms Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea. The resolution was approved with the full support of the EU Member States.

As a candidate country for accession to the EU and with negotiations ongoing, Serbia’s vote is startling to behold, as it diverges from the stance of the EU Member States. Moreover, the EU has imposed sanctions on Russia, condemning the occupation of Crimea and its involvement in Eastern Ukraine. This raises questions as to Serbia’s position towards Russia and whether Serbia’s and the EU’s interests are aligned  (1)   (2)   (3)  .

What is the Commission’s assessment of this situation? Will it devise a strategy that could be included in its annual report on Serbia?

Will the Commission keep Parliament informed?

Supporters (4)

(1) https://balkaninsight.com/2019/12/10/serbia-backs-russia-over-un-resolution-on-crimea/
(2) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-resolution-condemns-russias-occupation-of-crimea/2019/12/09/952579a4-1ae4-11ea-977a-15a6710ed6da_story.html
(3) https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/3838477?ln=en
(4) This question is supported by Members other than the author: Frédérique Ries (Renew), Petras Auštrevičius (Renew), Nathalie Loiseau (Renew), Urmas Paet (Renew)
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