The Balkan countries did not let Lavrov's plane into their airspace, and Russian diplomacy does not have the ability to teleport, the source of the agency explained
Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro did not allow the overflight of the plane of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Serbia, his visit to Belgrade will not take place, told Interfax source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Our diplomacy has not yet mastered the ability to teleport",— noticed the interlocutor of the agency.
Earlier, the Serbian publication Evening News reported that the Balkan states closed the sky for Lavrov's plane, citing sources. Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova confirmed to TASS that the country has refused to provide an air corridor for the Russian government plane carrying Lavrov. Ambassador to Montenegro Vladislav Maslennikov told RIA Novosti that Podgorica indeed refused to allow the Russian aircraft to fly in its airspace.
Lavrov's visit was scheduled for June 6-7. He was to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, his colleague Nikola Selaković, Speaker of the Parliament Ivica Dacic and Serbian Patriarch Porfiry. According to the Evening News, due to problems with the flight of the Russian Minister, Vučić will meet with Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko on the morning of June 6.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic described the situation with Lavrov's arrival in the country as “exceptionally difficult” and said that Vucic is personally involved in organizing this trip. “It is unbelievable that in Europe and in the world there is such a situation that the president of the country should deal with such things as the logistics of the trip of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on which it depends whether he arrives or not,” — Brnabic said. In her opinion, Lavrov's visit would create “some kind of space for dialogue.” and would give the Russian minister the opportunity to express his position on the current situation in the world.
Vučić previously noted that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is also due to visit Serbia soon, could have given up after Lavrov's arrival.
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The President of Serbia has repeatedly spoken about the neutrality of the republic, but noted that its path is directed to the EU, although Belgrade does not intend to “trample its friendship that it has in the east.” After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Serbia did not impose sanctions against Russia, and Vučić spoke of his intention to adhere to this policy as long as he could.
In late May, the President of Serbia announced that Belgrade had no Russophobic or anti-Western course. “Dostoevsky, and Shakespeare, and Goethe, and Hemingway are welcome here, and Serbia can be proud of this, even if it is a rare country in today's world,” — stressed the head of state.
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