Sun, 16 May 2021

PODGORICA -- The European Union's Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi is on a three-day visit to the Western Balkans to formally deliver EU-funded coronavirus vaccines.

Countries of the region aim to join the 27-nation bloc, but Serbia and other Balkan nations have been turning to China and Russia for much-needed shots as EU member states faced their own vaccination delays. Some politicians in the Balkans have criticized the EU for not coming to the rescue of their countries when help was needed the most.

"We care about Montenegro, we care about the Western Balkans and we care about our friends, the people of Montenegro,' Varhelyi said in a speech delivered during a brief stay in Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on May 4.

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