Tirana, Albania | 13 Feb 2019 (Tirana Echo) – Serbia will not stop its support for Nicholas Maduro countering most European nations and its southern Balkan neighbor Albania, which have pledged their support to the US backed Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s new President.
The news was confirmed by Serbia’s Foreign minister Ivica Dacic who told daily ‘Vecernje Novosti’ that “our own negative experience from recent past obliges us to not interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states,“.
Dacic’s statement came after fierce criticism by an opposition regional politician in northern Serbia who has asked Belgrade to abandon its traditional supportive policy towards Russia and join forces with Western nations.
Nenad Canak, leader of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina had previously asked Dacic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic whether his statement that Serbia is not considering changing its position towards Venezuela was “his personal position or the position of the government of Serbia.”
“European countries have asked Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to call elections to decide who will legitimately and legally obtain the opportunity to be Venezuelan president,” Canak said, and asked whether Dacic’s statement is “another case in which Serbia supporting Russia’s position, rather than that of the EU.“
Confirmations about Serbia’s static position, come days after Albania became the second European country after the UK to rally behind US President Donald Trump in recognizing Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s acting President, joining the ranks of several North and Latin American nations which had already halted their support for discredited former President Nicolas Maduro.
The decision to recognize the legitimacy of Mr. Guaidó was announced two weeks ago by Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama on Twitter.
“Albania recognizes Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela. On behalf of the people of Albania I wish to @JGuaido and the brave Venezuelans to succeed in getting rid of the illegitimate power that has turned their country in a hell for its own people #VenezuelaLibre.” – wrote PM Rama on Twitter.
The opposing position between Serbia and Albania confirm the Balkans is slowly turning into a clashing ground between Russian and Western interests, where Serbia intends to clearly back its historic allies in Moscow.
During a recent visit to Serbia, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the streets of Belgrade to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin to their capital.
“I wish to thank you sincerely for investing a lot of energy, effort, work, time, respect, and love in the progress and development of Serbian-Russian relations. Thank you also for supporting Serbia’s independence and its integrity. Russia could always count on having an ally in Serbia,” Vucic told Putin in Belgrade.
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