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Parliamentary question - E-000781/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell i Fontelles on behalf of the European Commission

    The EU has condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine. It has imposed extensive sanctions packages on the Russian and Belarusian regimes, targeting individuals, institutions, and companies, and sending a clear message that supporting Russia’s invasion comes at a cost.

    EU sanctions in respect of Russia’s actions undermining the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine remain under constant review. Any decision to impose additional measures on Russia or its supporters is for the Council to take, acting by unanimity.

    Serbia has aligned with High Representative Declaration of 22 February 2022, strongly condemning the decision by President Putin to recognise the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities and the ensuing decision to send Russian troops into these areas.

    Serbia has also supported United Nations General Assembly resolution on Aggression against Ukraine deploring in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in violation of Article 2 (4) of the Charter.

    At the same time, Serbia has not aligned with the EU restrictive measures stemming from Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.

    Serbia has identified EU integration as its strategic priority and as provided for under the EU-Serbia Negotiating Framework is expected to progressively align its policies towards third countries with the policies and positions adopted by the EU, including with regards to restrictive measures. Decisions on the next steps on enlargement are in the hands of the Member States.

    This reply reflects the situation as of 22 March 2022.

    Last updated: 11 April 2022
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