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Serbia and Russia have been allies for many years and Russia is constantly concerned about the relations between Serbia and the European Union (EU). Russia’s interest has always been to keep the Western Balkans away from the influence of the EU, more importantly Serbia, which is the largest country in the region, and the only one which is a strategic ally to Russia.[1]

However, Serbia has been balancing between the EU and Russia for years. On the one hand there is the accession negotiations with EU, and on the other hand Serbia’s announcement of signing a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in October 2019.[2]

 

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[1] Secrieru, Stanislav. “Tactical Wins, Strategic Setbacks,” n.d., 8.

[2]https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/28/eu-warns-serbia-to-cancel-free-trade-pact-with-russia-if-it-wants-to-join-bloc

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