Alaksandar Vučić held a press conference on Saturday in which he slammed the European Union’s eighth sanction package and Croatia. That is because the EU prohibited purchasing Russian oil, which caused a public outcry in Serbia. He blamed Croatia for the decision. Meanwhile, he praised the Serbian-Hungarian relationship. Vučić even shared an unbelievable story about Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán.
An honest friend
Talking about the European Commission’s dilemma about whether Kosovo should be allowed to join the international organisations, Vučić said the EU would make the final decision. He claimed that Germany and France encouraged Belgrade to allow its former province to do so. Meanwhile, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Albania do not back such a decision. Therefore, the European Commission also would reject it. Vučić said Hungary was an honest friend, index.hu wrote.
He added Croatia could not be trusted regarding the transportation of oil. As a result, he agreed with PM Orbán to start building a 128 km long pipeline between the two countries. He said Serbia’s oil reserves are enough for 75 days, while petrol lasts for 95 days. He added Serbia had the biggest reserves of gas. Vučić highlighted he was thinking about taxing extra profits, following European and the Hungarian example. In the EU, only in Hungary is the price of gas lower than in Serbia. Therefore, Serbians can wait for the winter without worries, he said.
An unbelievable story
Regarding food supply, he said there would be no problems with corn, wheat, sunflower, sugar or salt.
Index.hu says he said that, in 1999, President Clinton asked Hungary to attack Serbia. He wanted to weaken Serbia from the North while their army is occupied in the South, in Kosovo. However, Orbán, who served his first term as a prime minister between 1998 and 2002, rejected to carry out the American president’s request.
NATO’s Operation Allied Force started in March 1999 and ended in June. It destroyed not only military targets of the former Yugoslavia but also infrastructure, media, etc. There were also civilian casualties. Hungary joined the military alliance on 12 March like Poland and the Czech Republic. Many believe the reason for the quick accession was to provide NATO with the necessary airbases on Hungarian soil. However, if we believe what the Serbian president said, Hungary’s young prime minister, Viktor Orbán (only 36 years old in those days), refused to attack Serbia directly.
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