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Serbia: PM Vucic meets US Senator McCain to discuss refugee crisis02:36

Serbia: PM Vucic meets US Senator McCain to discuss refugee crisis

Serbia, Belgrade
February 12, 2016 at 16:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with US Senator John McCain in Belgrade, Friday, to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis and the affect it has had on Serbia. McCain was in the Balkan state on an official visit as the head of a US diplomatic delegation.

Speaking at a press conference after their meeting, Vucic made it clear that "Serbia won't build any walls in the future because walls are neither a European nor civilized solution."

"But Serbia cannot economically withstand to be a parking lot for tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we don't have the economic strength for that. However, I repeat that Serbia can take part in any European economic solution. Everything that other European countries accept, Serbia will accept too," he added.

McCain thanked Serbia for engaging in a "massive humanitarian effort" and stressed that the refugee crisis "places much greater emphasis on relations between our countries, especially those nations that are democracies, which Serbia has been able to achieve with a long, hard struggle."

More than 10,000 refugees and migrants have been left stranded in Serbia after Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia closed their borders to further westward crossings.

Serbia: PM Vucic meets US Senator McCain to discuss refugee crisis02:36
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Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with US Senator John McCain in Belgrade, Friday, to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis and the affect it has had on Serbia. McCain was in the Balkan state on an official visit as the head of a US diplomatic delegation.

Speaking at a press conference after their meeting, Vucic made it clear that "Serbia won't build any walls in the future because walls are neither a European nor civilized solution."

"But Serbia cannot economically withstand to be a parking lot for tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we don't have the economic strength for that. However, I repeat that Serbia can take part in any European economic solution. Everything that other European countries accept, Serbia will accept too," he added.

McCain thanked Serbia for engaging in a "massive humanitarian effort" and stressed that the refugee crisis "places much greater emphasis on relations between our countries, especially those nations that are democracies, which Serbia has been able to achieve with a long, hard struggle."

More than 10,000 refugees and migrants have been left stranded in Serbia after Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia closed their borders to further westward crossings.

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