Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday in Brussels a rational approach and a compromise solution were needed in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, rather than a solution that would suit someone’s wishes and be used to blackmail Serbia or order it what to do.

“They (Pristina) say: ‘We are waiting for mutual recognition, and if that does not happen, Serbia is to blame.’ That is not how it works. We must speak to each other and see what a real compromise solution would be. We are ready for that,” Vucic said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Asked by a reporter to comment on a statement by the PM of the provisional Pristina authorities, Albin Kurti, that Russia may interfere in the conflict between Belgrade and Pristina, Vucic responded he did not believe Kurti and Pristina were concerned over such a possibility at all.

“That is political rhetoric in which you can use everything against someone. It is easy for me to rebut those claims because, for over 100 days, we have been hearing about Serbia’s desire to mount attacks on some entities or countries in the region. They (Pristina) said this was supposed to happen four or five months ago, but it has not happened to date. That means that, in fact, they lied about that,” Vucic said.

It is easy to use the present political situation against someone without real arguments, he added.

When asked if the aggressive behaviour by Kurti and the Quint states had prompted him to consider an offer to set up a Russian military base in Serbia, Vucic replied Serbia did not need anyone’s bases and that it was a militarily neutral country that just wanted to maintain peace.

Serbia wants to protect its skies and its people on its own, and it will act in the same way in the future as well, he said.