CHEPURIN: Serbia's EU accession will negatively impact economic relations with Russia

Source: Beta Tuesday, 18.10.2016. 08:55
The ambassador of Russia to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin, stated on Monday, October 17, that bilateral economic relations between Serbia and Russia would undergo considerable changes with Serbia's accession to the European Union.

At the Serbian Economic Summit, he called for the commencement of a dialogue on reducing the impact of the consequences of Belgrade's European integration on Russia and Serbia.

– We wouldn't want our bilateral economic relations to be damaged in the process of Serbia's accession to the EU – Chepurin said.

He said that the changes would reflect on the free trade regime above all.

The EU is a unified economic area and member states may not have special economic relations or be part of free trade zones together with third countries – Chepurin explained.

He pointed out that, following Serbia's accession to the EU, the Serbia-Russia free trade zone or the Serbian-Eurasian Economic Union would be forced to cease to exist.

– This will lead to a deterioration of the established trade routes of Serbia and Russia and the loss of companies between the two countries – Chepurin said.

He also said that the termination of the free trade regime and Serbia's shift to the unified customs area of the EU would lead to a more expensive export on both sides, as it was being carried out withing the duty-free regime for nearly all products at the moment.

Some goods, as he said would be replaced by third country products.

He added that, following the accession, Serbia would heave to join the unified foreign trade policy of the member states, along with all the consequences arising thereof.

– It remains to be seen how influential the Belgrade's stance in forming the foreign policy of the EU will be. At the moment, the policy is dictated by small, but extremely aggressive countries whose stance is far from that of Serbia – Chepurin said.

According to him, the accession to the EU might also have consequences on the cooperation of Serbia and Russia in the area of energy.

Chepurin added that Russia is aware of the principle of Serbian leadership to maintain friendly relations with Russia in all areas, including economy, and added that they supported such a stance.

– It's obvious that it is necessary to approach the adjustment of the legal framework of the cooperation of Serbia and Russia under the new conditions from an expert angle. The operating mechanism might be bilateral or such as involves European experts – he said.

Chepurin estimated that it was logical for those negotiations to be carried out parallel to the pre-accession negotiations of Serbia with the EU, perhaps through new mechanisms of Russian-Serbian cooperation, which, as he hopes, would be formed.
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