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EU Urges Serbia Not to Sign Trade Pact with Russia-led Bloc

EU Urges Serbia Not to Sign Trade Pact with Russia-led Bloc

Friday, 30 August 2019 06:38 AM

HELSINKI (AP) — European Union foreign ministers are urging Serbia not to stray from its EU membership path as the Balkans country readies to sign a trade agreement with a Russian-led economic bloc.

Serbia is expected to sign the pact with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) — made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan — on Oct. 25.

To join the EU, candidate countries such as Serbia must align their policies with the bloc, notably on trade.

At talks with his EU counterparts Friday, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak described Serbia's actions as "confusing."

He says that "if you are serious about your European orientation then obviously you make political decisions that bring you closer to it. This is not one of them."

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