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The relationship between Australia and Serbia has been getting frostier by the day it seems following the deportation of Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic.

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21/01/2022 9:08:00 AM

The relationship between Australia and Serbia has been getting frostier by the day it seems following the deportation of Serbia n superstar Novak Djokovic .

The relationship between Australia and Serbia has been getting frostier by the day it seems following the deportation of Serbia n superstar Novak Djokovic .

Early in the saga,Serbian President Aleksandar Vuciccalled it a “political witch hunt by everybody including the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the rules apply to all”.“I fear that this relentless political pursuit of Novak will continue until the moment they can prove something, because when you cannot defeat somebody then you turn to these type of things,” he said.

A statement on the website of Serbia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry also“lured to travel to Australia in order to be humiliated.”AfterDjokovic was deported, Vucic savaged Australia again, accusing the court proceedings of being full of lies, and said: “Thank you to the Australian people as I am sure they love Serbs. They think they have humiliated Djokovic, but they have humiliated themselves and he can return to his country and look everyone in the eyes with his head held high.”

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Oh Australia had a relationship with Serbia? Ha! But keep milking it - there must be more! Don't particularly give a rats arse Our Serbian friends understand, Scomo is our leader, our trusted comrade, nothing will draw us apart from the Great Scomo..... Interesting, Serbia says no to Rio Tinto mining lithium, an essential commodity for the future. The country they let in will be Russa. Let's see how that works out for you in the future, guys. Russa has a fascinating history in this area.

Load of rubbish. Look at all the people protesting the mine. This got knocked back had little to nothing to do with jokeavic Good riddance. Well, it’ll get frostier with France and the US soon then too. Britain? No one knows what Wimbledon’s rules will be. What? relationship between Australia and Serbia other than taking in war refugees from the 90's

This makes me lol, vaccines don’t work, the govt is getting sued so their internal comms will be subpoenaed and potentially cost an aust mining giant an insane amount of money… and what for? It makes no sense? Serbia needs to grow up, ask Albanians what they think of Serbia Yawn. You can keep the covid Djokovic

Serbia scraps plans for Rio Tinto lithium mine after protestsPresident Aleksandar Vučić’s government had been accused of ignoring project’s potential for environmental harm Hahaha awesome Stupid self-imposed loss. Apparently Novak will donate his win from suing the Aussie Fed Govt to Serbian Govt. Seems Serbia is just as silly as DjokerNole The most expensive deportation ever! I guess some more environmentally friendly mining company might get a contract there in a few years...my guess is Chinese or Japanese owned.

Just another Morrison chest beating stuff up...it's beginning to not even be news anymore. Thanks alexhawkemp Well done ScottMorrisonMP you have cost Australians probably billions with your silly rules with Novak. Hope it was worth the power trip. How about he own up to his mistakes, error in judgment and move on.

Its Serbia ... who tf cares? Big deal … even Novak doesn’t live there Yes the economic powerhouse that is Serbia. First China , Then France now with Serbia WOW any on the map which country next ? Looks as though Serbia is going to have to add multiple countries to their Shit List NOT just Australia The Majority of Countries Do NOT allow entry to Unvaccinated Kiss your career Goodbye Djokovic let’s hope the local circuit keeps you busy 😉 Serbia Djokovic Australia

The Rio Tinto saga was already going on before the Jocko saga. There were comments that the Jocko saga was initiated by the Aussie Gov. because of issues with exploration of lithium!

Serbia revokes Rio Tinto's lithium exploration licences following mass protests Serbia n Prime Minister Ana Brnabic says her government has decided to cancel Rio Tinto's lithium exploration licences after requests from various environmental groups to halt the Jadar project. Good news everyone! Amazing how the Serbian government listens to its people about unwanted mining, and yet here even with mass protests the government still pushes through the unwanted (and tagged as unviable by most investors) Adani mine... This is EXCELLENT news, but beware of what may happen after the election. RioTinto cannot be trusted, remember Juukan Gorge. Despicable.

Never heard of serbia Just think about it. 10-15 years ago, what could one Serbia, 17k miles away ever do to retaliate to any Australian decision? Well today they can, which shows the changing world that Australians are simply oblivious to. 🥱

Serbia backs out of controversial Rio Tinto lithium mine Serbia 's prime minister abandons plans to build a controversial lithium mine after weeks of protests against the project set to be built by Anglo-Australian firm Rio Tinto. Good, another company or country will snap it up. And Australia deporting Serbia’s sports star had nothing to do with this? Very convenient timing🤔🤔 just saying. Obviously Novax didn’t buy into this venture

Tennis boss booed in first appearance post Djoker deportationAustralian Open boss Craig Tiley has made his first public appearance since Novak Djokovic was deported - the crowd were not very receptive.Taking to the Kia Arena to present Aussie star Sam Stosur with flowers and a gift after the 37-year-old’s singles campaign and career came to an end, Tiley was booed by some of the crowd.Paying tribute to the Australian and presenting her with flowers and a Louis Vuitton branded gift on court, Tiley said: “Thanks for everything. Thanks for being Sam Stosur, and thank you for the difference that you have made to our great game.” Shit form using Sammy Stosur as a shield so as to not absolute cop it from the fans. Loads of ppl who would have been better placed to do presentation to Sam. Yep the Australian public won't miss him, they know exactly who is responsible for the Novak mess!!! Resign Craig Tilley resign!!! 😂😂😂 Stay classy Melbourne

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Serbian politicians and citizens raged over Australia’s treatment of Djokovic after he landed in Melbourne as protests and furious rhetoric erupted. Early in the saga, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called it a “political witch hunt by everybody including the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the rules apply to all”. “I fear that this relentless political pursuit of Novak will continue until the moment they can prove something, because when you cannot defeat somebody then you turn to these type of things,” he said. A statement on the website of Serbia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry also “lured to travel to Australia in order to be humiliated.” After Djokovic was deported , Vucic savaged Australia again, accusing the court proceedings of being full of lies, and said: “Thank you to the Australian people as I am sure they love Serbs. They think they have humiliated Djokovic, but they have humiliated themselves and he can return to his country and look everyone in the eyes with his head held high.” It’s another blow to Australia’s and Serbia’s relationship. Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP The mining project appeared to tap into smouldering anger against Vucic’s government, which has been lambasted by critics and activists for allegedly turning a blind-eye to the potential environmental harm that could by unleashed by the projects of foreign firms. For weeks, thousands have swarmed key roads across Serbia to protest against the government’s handling of the lithium project. Vast deposits of lithium — a key component for electric car batteries — are found around the western town of Loznica, where the Anglo-Australian company had bought up land and was awaiting a final green light from the state to begin mining. Rio Tinto first discovered lithium reserves in the Loznica region in 2004. The company had intended to invest $2.4 billion (2.12 billion euros) in the project. The mining giant said late Thursday it was “extremely concerned” by the prime minister’s statement. “Rio Tinto is reviewing the legal basis of this decision and the implications for our activities and our people in Serbia,” the company said in a statement. Earlier this week, Brnabic said the government was prepared to “fight against” any potential lawsuit from Rio Tinto linked to their cancellation of the project. People gather to protest the mine. Photo by OLIVER BUNIC / AFP On Thursday, the premier added that Serbian officials had “never signed contracts” with Rio Tinto. The hunt for lithium has set off a “white gold rush” across the globe as major corporations, including automakers, scramble to secure sufficient supplies to meet their ambitious goals to transition to greener fuel sources and technology. Rio Tinto has been mired in controversy in recent years. A public backlash forced the firm’s chief executive and several senior officials to resign last year after the company destroyed a sacred Indigenous site in Australia in 2020. Critics of the mine also highlighted the Vucic government’s poor record with regulating its industrial sector, saying the administration has shrouded many projects backed international investors in secrecy. — with AFP