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Vucic: I know Serbia would’ve been praised if we arrested Gruevski without a warrant

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that he is aware Serbia would’ve been praised if it had arrested former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski or assumed responsibility for his escape, even though there was no arrest warrant against him at the time when he crossed Serbia on his way to Hungary.

– I know we would’ve been seen as the best people in the world for some, if we assumed blame for not arresting Gruevski. We were probably supposed to arrest him, 48 hours before the warrant was given, Vucic said adding that “Serbia respects the rule of law, and we are often blamed for that”.

Gruevski left Macedonia three weeks ago and reached Hungary after crossing Albania, Montenegro and Serbia. In Hungary he asked for and received political asylum, due to the political persecution and death threats aimed at him in Macedonia. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev obliquely blamed the neighboring countries for allowing Gruevski to cross their borders, which responded by saying that Macedonia was late in issuing the arrest warrant.

Vucic also discussed the call by Kosovar Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj, who asked Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro to join Albania and Kosovo in an alliance aimed at Serbia.

– Hoxhaj denied that he was talking about a pact, but he didn’t deny the essence of his remarks. We on our part will not join any pacts and will not work to destroy pacts made by others. We will cooperate with all, but we will not allow anybody to humiliate our country, Vucic said.