IN THE ADDRESS the night before the meeting with Vladimir Putin, President Aleksandar Vučić addressed from Sochi.
Asked about the protest in front of the Presidency, Vučić said that it was completely normal for people to protest. He reminded that Rio Tinto was brought to Serbia in 2001 by members of the former regime.
– No one from us brought Rio Tinto to Serbia, but representatives of the former regime who are participating in the protests today. Eight years before we came to power, and nine agreements were signed with them. Didn’t lithium bother them then? – said the President of Serbia.
Vučić said that the organizers of the protest came in cars that pollute the air.
– How many cigarettes did you light? I can’t talk about that hypocrisy – said Vučić.
The president said that “nothing is happening around Rio Tinto”.
– We’ll see what Rio Tinto has to offer us. If Rio Tinto’s proposal is not good and serious, Serbia will not even talk to that company, the president claims – the president added.
Vučić said that Aleksandar Jovanović Ćuta and his movement were financed from Austria.
– Today there is a great energy war at the world level. Energy has become everything. You have to have electricity, you have to have gas because that means industry to you. Not only dirty, but also modern. You have to secure your land, and it is easiest to say that we do not use coal and that we do not have electricity. Did you go to tell the workers in Kolubara or Kostoc? Did you go to tell a citizen in Serbia that tonight they will not be able to heat the child’s milk because there will be no electricity? Who are you lying to, who are you cheating on? Don’t think that Viola von Cramon loves Serbia more than we do – said Vučić.
A protest was organized in Belgrade tonight, which started in front of the Presidency of Serbia, and moved in front of the Government of Serbia. The protest was organized by representatives of the opposition and their sympathizers. Gathered activists and citizens carry banners against Rio Tinto.
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