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Dutch MEP: We sanctioned Kosovo, not the aggressor. Steps are needed against Vucic and Dodik

Dutch MEP: We sanctioned Kosovo, not the aggressor. Steps are needed against

MEP Thijs Reuten said in the Foreign Affairs Committee that decisive actions should be taken against destabilizers such as Aleksandar Vucic and Milorad Dodiku.
He has expressed dissatisfaction with the European Union's behavior that it is not doing enough to quell the political unrest in the Western Balkans.

The Dutch MEP adds that Vucic is destroying Serbia's path to the EU by rejecting sanctions against Russia.

"The majority of the Serbian parliament is very critical of the European Union. Despite the many criticisms that have been there in recent months, we have a situation where we imposed sanctions on Kosovo and not on the aggressor, the main cause of destabilization and provocations, which we had not seen for a long time," said Reuten.

Reuten, a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, called on the Council of Europe to apply sanctions against Milorad Dodik, the president of Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, along with his partners.

The Dutch politician said that Republika Srpska is unconstitutionally creating parallel institutions in medicine, justice, defense, security and taxation.

"I don't think we need another summit to confirm our full support for the Western Balkans path to the EU. We need action. We must send clear messages to Dodik and Vučić, on the one hand, and to countries like North Macedonia, on the other hand, which have done a lot and want our help, " stated Reuten.

In an interview for "Al Jazeera" (AJ), the Dutch MEP, who often talks about security and political challenges in the Balkan region, pointed the finger at those who, in his opinion, cause them.

"For years I have been tired of the politics of the European Union, surrendering to destabilizers like Vucic and Dodik. Both are deliberately undermining the rule of law and fomenting ethnic conflicts in the Western Balkans region while maintaining ties to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. This has to stop. But this is not going to happen until the EU draws a clear red line, not engaging in fruitless dialogues.

The statement 'we reiterate our full support for the European path of the Western Balkans' must be made with some responsibility. We have to put words into practice and do something, " said Reuten.


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