Putin Blasts US, West Over NATO Earlier than Serbia Go to | Voice of America

BELGRADE, SERBIA – Vladimir Putin has accused the US and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO’s expansionist policies, while Serbia welcomes the Russian president as a hero.

Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001.

Serbia has maintained close ties with its traditional Slavic ally, Russia, even though the country is officially seeking membership in the European Union. Belgrade has refused to join Western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and has promised to stay out of NATO.

Putin told two Serbian pro-government newspapers in an interview published on Wednesday that “the policies of the United States and certain Western countries aimed at strengthening their dominance in the region are a major destabilizing factor”.

Neighboring Montenegro joined NATO in 2017, while Macedonia is seeking membership.

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