The West’s ‘see no evil’ approach to Serbia’s Vucic is destabilizing the Balkans

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s president, is seen in his office in Belgrade, Serbia, January 17, 2023. CNN —

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States and European Union accelerated their pivot towards Serbia. Rather than juggling the contradictory demands of pluralistic and fractious Balkan states, Western capitals focused the bulk of their efforts on a singular target.

Their policies had two aims. First, to bring Serbia into the Western fold, away from Russia. Second, to allow their respective administrations to focus more fully on supporting Ukraine.Traditionally one of Moscow’s closest allies in Europe, Belgrade has long tried to tread the line between […]

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