Vučić explained Serbia’s vote for suspending Russia’s membership in the UNHRC

Serbian President Vučić explained the vote on Russia's membership in the UN Human Rights Commission by blackmailing the EU The President explained the decision of the republic by blackmail from the EU. On April 7, the UN General Assembly suspended Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council. In response, Moscow announced its early withdrawal from this organization

Serbia voted in favor of suspending Russia's membership in the UN Human Rights Council due to blackmail by the EU, President Aleksandar Vučić said in an interview with RTS.

According to Vucic, the country wanted to abstain from the very beginning, but in this case it would have faced pressure from both sides.

The European Union, the head of the republic claims, has postponed the decision on oil imports until 18:00, “to see if how Serbia will vote» for the suspension of Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council at the session of the UN General Assembly (started at 16:00). He also noted that the question will soon be decided whether Serbia will be able to import oil after May 15.

“According to the decision of the EU, we can import oil from anywhere until May 15, then we can’t, because Gazprom acts as the majority owner of NIS (Russian Gazprom Neft is the majority shareholder of NIS with a 56.15% stake, the second largest stake, 29.87%, is owned by the state. — RBC). We can import, but three times more expensive,— the president explained. “They can't blackmail me, but they blackmail the country,” — he noted.

Vucic called Serbia “the only country” that has not imposed any sanctions against the families of Russian leaders and companies. He added that Belgrade maintains its course towards joining the European Union (it has the status of a candidate), but does not turn away from friends.

On April 7, the UN General Assembly suspended Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council. 93 states voted for it, against— 24, another 58 abstained. In particular, in addition to Russia itself, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, the Central African Republic, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mali, Nicaragua, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry called the decision of the General Assembly “illegal and politically motivated.” “Russia’s sincere commitment to the cause of protecting and promoting human rights does not allow us to remain longer part of the international mechanism that has become the executor of the will of this group of countries that, in order to push through their goals and obtain the necessary votes in decision-making, do not disdain open blackmail of sovereign states,” — stated in the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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