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Serbia Can Forge a Brigde Between Russia and Europe

22.07.2015 17:07

Serbia can play a key role in developing better relations between Russia and the European Union (EU), said Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, according to Euronews.

The Balkan country has strong historical ties with Russia and therefore it could act as the "connecting bridge" between Moscow and Brussels. Serbia could become an example, where the ideas and moral values of both Russia and the EU could coexist and even thrive, Schulz said. That's why it's important for Brussels to work towards granting Serbia EU membership.

Having just returned from his visit to the Balkan country, Schulz said that the EU and Serbia will start the accession process this year.

Normalization of the relationship between Russia and the EU with the help of Serbia is the main reason why Brussels should work hard to make the Balkan nation an EU member, said Franco Frattini, the former Italian minister of Foreign Affairs, who also supports Schulz's idea.