Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has ruled out that the republic will impose sanctions against Russia.
"It's impossible to imagine Serbia imposing sanctions on Russia," Nikolic said Monday in an interview with the national television and radio company RTS.
Asked why he was not present at the inauguration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Nikolic answered that his advisor Ivan Mrkic, who had earlier been Serbia's foreign minister, was sent to the ceremony in Kiev.
The Serbian president himself, he said, "did not think of attending the inauguration."
"You can judge how well the president copes with his duties by whether he will be re-elected for a second term," Nikolic said.
He said Poroshenko expressed the desire to meet with him, but added that he will go to Ukraine only "if Poroshenko pursues a policy of peace".