Matvienko: Moscow appreciates the independent position of Serbia in relation to Russia

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotoreceptor of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko. Archival photoMatvienko: Moscow appreciates the independent position of Serbia in relation to Russia© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

Russia appreciates the independent position of Serbia in relation to our country, despite the pressure on Belgrade by the West, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko, speaking on Monday in the Serbian Parliament.

«Over its long history, Serbia has become subjected to external pressure. Let me repeat: we will never forget the tragic events that turned your country’s aggression of the West in the nineties, the result of which was, in fact, forced dismemberment of a sovereign European state and power changing European borders», — said the speaker.

According to Matvienko, it is unacceptable that today Serbia has set an «artificial» choice — either the West or Russia. «Russia has always advocated the right of sovereign States to cooperate with any partners. Today, Serbia remains one of the few countries in Europe who are defending this stance. There are not many countries that have the privilege of sovereignty. Serbia, like Russia, is one of such countries», — said the Senator.

She noted that Russia highly appreciates «the position of Serbia, which, despite pressure from third countries, is firmly opposed to illegal anti-Russian sanctions aimed at deterring Russia».

This position of Serbia MP believes a true friendship is embodied in the act requiring considerable courage. «Not all States it is found. You possess them,» — said Matvienko.

She recalled that 73 years ago was together defeated the fascist invaders and liberated the Belgrade. Russia has consistently supported the people of Serbia in the Kosovo issue, said the legislator.

«From this rostrum, I wish to assure you that Serbia can continue to count on the support of Russia and our people», — said Matvienko.