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Vucic’s invitation to the Visegrad Group summit is a precedent, sending clear message (Blic, Politika, B92)

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Belgrade based daily Blic writes on the importance of Czech President Milos Zeman invitation to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to participate in Visegrad Group Summit.

Daily considers that the invitation was “a kind of precedent” and added that, “as a rule, these meetings do not discuss topics on which participants have divergent views, Kosovo could be a topic”.

The move by the Czech President is of particular importance given his statement during a recent visit to Belgrade that the Czech Republic could reconsider its decision to recognize Kosovo’s independence, writes Blic.

“The invitation to a non-V4 country is an exception, and Zeman surprised everyone by this act. He did it deliberately, to show a clear commitment of the Visegrad Group to Serbia”, a source from diplomatic circles told Blic.

It can also be interpreted as a message to the European Union, Blic was told by multiply sources. The four countries are aware of their collective influence being far beyond the individual.

Blic write that the invitation to President Vucic comes at the time when the issue of the justification of Kosovo’s recognition was initiated in the Czech public.

Belgrade based portal B92 quotes Predrag Rajic, the Center for Social Stability, as saying to daily Politika that Serbia’s foreign policy exits “Yugo-sphere” via the Visegrad Group and that its path to the EU is not via Croatia, but through Hungary.

He says “Serbia demonstrates with this that it is not only a Balkan, but also a Central European country”, and that “our path to Brussels should not be carried out via Zagreb but via Budapest. In our foreign policy, we should stick to the following formula: as little Croatia and as much Hungary as possible”, Rajic concluded, pointing out that with the V4 countries, Serbia has no open or unresolved issues.

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