Hold on. Not so fast.
News that Serbia—following “good talks” between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Serbian President Aleksander Vucic—had joined the “Crimean Platform” initiative were said to be untrue and “manipulative” by Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, who added that the official statement of the Crimean Platform had simply gone too far.
“There are manipulations related to the so-called Crimea platform, which Serbia allegedly joined,” the minister said, according to Censor.net. “The prime minister participated in this meeting through a video message, but we did not approve the text of the declaration because it goes beyond the framework that is acceptable for us.”
On Aug. 23, at the outset of the Crimean Platform summit, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic delivered a video speech. Participation in the summit, however, and ratifying the summit’s declaration are two different things, according to Dacic. Dacic did say that Serbia condemned the violation of Ukraine’s borders.
During the speech Brnabic, however, reiterated that Serbia supported Ukrainian territorial integrity and that Serbia would send humanitarian aid.
Photo of Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic by European Commission, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons.