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Russia Follows 'Different Strategy' As Serbia Courts EU

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

When it comes to European integration in its neighborhood, Russia has a clear double standard.

Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine have had to battle relentless opposition from Moscow every step of their path toward closer ties with Europe.

Meanwhile, Balkan countries like Macedonia, Montenegro -- and particularly Serbia -- have largely been left to pursue closer relations with the European Union, including possible membership, in peace.

The harsh approach toward the former Soviet countries that Russia historically dominated and the softer line for the kindred Slavic lands of the Balkans is rooted in a deeper strategy aimed at increasing Moscow's influence within the EU, analysts say.

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RFE/RL Balkan Service correspondents Milos Teodorovic, Branka Mihajlovic, and Ljudmila Cvetkovic contributed to this report from Belgrade.

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Russia Follows 'Different Strategy' As Serbia Courts EU

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