Who needs Serbia's recognition?30.05.2012 | 12:50
The words of Serbian President, Tomislav Nikolic, about a possible recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Belgrade were like a bolt from the blue. Does this mean that Serbia rejects its aspirations into the EU, which is actively opposing the international recognition of the independence of the Transcaucasian republics? Will Serbia's promise to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia remain just a nice gesture, or something follows it? GTimes reporter had a talk with experts about it.
Borislav Milosevic, Slobodan Milosevic' brother, former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Russia. Tomislav Nikolic' words must be understood as a likely possibility of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Belgrade. It is difficult to say when this may happen. Do not forget that at one time, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the closest Russian post-Soviet partner states have not recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Tomislav Nikolic should weigh the "pros" and "against" before saying something. Of course, this recognition would not be consistent with the EU general course, but no one can deny Serbia's right to pursue its own policy. I can not rule out that the issue of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is really on the agenda in Serbia.
Alexander Rahr, a German political scientist and director of the Center n.a. Berthold Beitza under the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Tomislav Nikolic' statement is solely for domestic use. I do not know what he wanted to achieve, either to raise Serbian people's spirit, or something else. But according to the information that I have, Nikolic in no way will stake Serbia's EU integration. It is obvious that if Nikolic really wants Serbia to become a member of the EU, no one can speak about recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Belgrade.
Trukhachev Vadim, a Russian historian - Slavic expert. In any case we should not regard Nikolic as an opponent of the West. The fact that he is willing to wait less than his predecessor, Boris Tadic. Nikolic will not accept Kosovo's independence in exchange for Serbia's membership in the EU. Roughly, he said the following: we do not mind to join the European Union, but we won't give up Kosovo. As for the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetiaby Belgrade, for Serbia this would be an absolute suicide. Neither National Assembly nor Serbian leader would do this, because it would be Belgrade's public acknowledgment of demarche from Kosovo. Those countries that have not yet decided on the Kosovo issue, they may recognize its independence following Nikolic' recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Nikolic' Statement - this was not a nod to Russia, which is not binding them, because Nikolic and the Serbs aren't not suiciders.
Vyacheslav Chirikba, Abkhazian Minister of Foreign Affairs. We have positively taken the fact that the new Serbian president had recognized the Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's right to independence. We were inspired by the fact that the Serbian parliament may consider the issue of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We will welcome it in the near future. The Abkhaz people sincerely hope that Serbia will help Abkhazia in international recognition.
Alla Dzhioeva, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of South Ossetia. If Serbia is really ready to recognize the independence of South Ossetia, we are happy. The people of South Ossetia do its best to make as many as possible states to recognize South Ossetian independence. It's obvious that the political weight of South Ossetia, as well as Russia's, depends on the number of countries that recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by foreign countries is one of the priorities of Russian foreign policy.