Alexander Bortnikov, director of the Federal Security Service of Russia, awarded the former director of the Security Information Agency (BIA) Serbia Alexander Vulin with a high decoration at the headquarters of that service in Moscow, Vulin’s Movement of Socialists announced.
FSB Director Bortnikov awarded Vulin a high decoration – the Order for Outstanding Professionalism and Contribution to cooperation between the Serbian and Russian services, it is stated in the announcement.
Recall that three days ago Vulin said that Serbia is part of the “Serbian world”, not the British Commonwealth, and that the UK’s special envoy for the Western Balkans, Stuart Peach, was continuing by political means what the RAF did with the bombs in 1999.
This was in response to Peach’s statement that Serbia should impose sanctions on Russia.
“And then they demanded that we recognize Kosovo, that we renounce Republika Srpska and that we put in power obedient Serbs who just happen to be Serbs. Today they are also demanding that we impose sanctions on Russia. Mr Peach changes uniforms, but not his temperament. Once a colonial master, always a colonial master. Only Serbia is not a colony, it will not recognize Kosovo, it will not agree to the disappearance of Republika Srpska, it will not allow foreigners to install its government and it will not impose sanctions against Russia,” Vulin said in a statement.
Vulin also visited Russia several times last year, a move condemned by the embassies of Ukraine and the United States of America (USA) in Belgrade.
The Embassy of Ukraine pointed out that both Serbia and Ukraine are seeking membership of the European Union and that Serbia should impose sanctions against Russia in this regard.
US Ambassador to Serbia Christopher Hill stated during one of Vulin’s visits to Russia last year that “no one should legitimize Russian actions by working with the Kremlin as if everything is fine”.
As a reminder, the US Treasury placed Vulin on the sanctions list on July 11 last year.
Vulin was sanctioned for “corruption and involvement in the drug trade and for ties to Russia”.
“This decision holds Alexander Vulin responsible for corrupt and destabilizing actions that have also facilitated Russia’s malign activities in the region,” said US Treasury Undersecretary Brian
At the beginning of November, Vulin resigned as head of the BIA. As he said, “the US and the European Union are looking for my head as a precondition for not imposing sanctions on Serbia”.
“President Aleksandar Vucic and Serbia are facing threats and blackmail that can only be compared to the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum of 1914. We are being asked to recognize Kosovo, to leave Republika Srpska and to stop being a sovereign state and nation by imposing sanctions against the Russian Federation. If we were to agree to this, the next demand would be the expulsion of Chinese investment, unconditional technological and economic dependence on the West, and the continuation of Serbia’s political and territorial disintegration and the acceptance of Western values, in which there is no place for the traditional family and nation and, ultimately, for social justice. The US and the EU are looking for my head as a precondition for not imposing sanctions on Serbia. I am not the cause of blackmail and pressure on Serbia and the Serbian world, and I will not allow myself to be the cause of blackmail and pressure on Serbia and the Serbian world. I therefore tender my irrevocable resignation as Director of the BIA,” Vulin said in his letter of resignation./The Geopost/