Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has refused to support sanctions against Russia. He stated this during a meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden. Nikolic also refused to consider the issue of granting independence to the separatist province of Kosovo.
The initiators of the vote are calling for the normalization of relations with Russia and the restoration of old commercial and political ties between the countries of the European Community and Moscow. Of the 50 deputies, 33 supported the bill, 17 abstained, and none voted against it.