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Serbia Denounces Threat for Not Joining EU Sanctions On Russia

Aleksandar Vulin

Aleksandar Vulin

Photographer: Darko Vojinovic/AP Photos

Serbia angrily disputed a suggestion from European Union member Lithuania that the Balkan state may be punished for refusing to join sanctions against Russia even as Belgrade seeks to join the bloc.

Serbia has been balancing its EU entry aspirations with keeping close ties with traditional ally Russia, which provides energy supplies and political support in feuds with Balkan neighbors that have lingered since Yugoslavia’s bloody breakup.