“Serbia’s prime minister said Monday the Balkan country’s goal is to join the European Union despite calls by the defense minister for an apparent shift in course toward Russia.

Ana Brnabic said that Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has the right to his opinion, but ‘we have our course and we know that our strategic goal is the EU.’

Vulin, who is known for his pro-Russia stance, has said that Serbia should perhaps change its foreign policy goals if the EU insists on resolving the dispute with Kosovo as the prime condition for membership.

‘If Kosovo is the key, let’s go our own way,’ Vulin said in an official statement released by the Defense Ministry, adding that the EU is setting conditions which it knows Serbia can’t fulfill.” (Washington Post)