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Nikolic Blames Western ‘Robbers’ for Refugee Crisis

Refugees are right to target rich EU states as they robbed Syria of its ‘treasures’ in the past, Serbian President says.

Filip Avramovic
BIRN
Belgrade
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing | Photo by Beta/Xinhua

On a visit to China, President Tomislav Nikolic said rich countries in the West should accept responsibility for the refugees seeking asylum in Europe as they were heading for countries that had robbed them long ago.

“Why should we suffer the consequences when 90 per cent of them seek [asylum in] only four countries in Europe?” he asked.

“Museums in these countries have dinosaurs and mammoths. Those were not excavated in their own countries, like we excavated a dinosaur in Kostolac. No, they robbed them… and the people are now going back for their treasure,” Nikolic told the Russian agency Sputnik.

Nikolic said the EU would only be able to stop the flow of refugees if it invested in Syria.

“It would be better if they built factories there [in Syria] so the refugees would all remain in their country to live a good life,” he said.

“This way, they will find a way to settle in Europe. They do not target Serbia, because keeping them in Serbia wouldn’t fulfill their plans with which they started the journey,” he added.

Nikolic went on to say the refugees felt “blessed” when they go to Serbia from EU member Bulgaria and thinks that the EU should follow Serbia’s example.

“We cannot deal with this problem on our own. We will have a lot of problems but we will do our best to keep the conditions as humane as possible,” he said.

“I heard that when those people reach Serbia through the mountains from Bulgaria they shout ‘Just don’t make us go back to Bulgaria!.’ Who knows what is happening to them over there, in that democratic country, a member of the EU, when the refugees react the way they do,” Nikolic concluded .

 

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