EM – Rio Tinto ‘caught by surprise’ as Serbia pulls the plug on 1.7 billion pound lithium mine


Tensions between Serbia and Australia have escalated after the Balkan country pulled the plug on Rio Tinto’s plans for a giant lithium mine.

The Anglo-Australian miner is said to have been released from the decision, which came less than a week after being deported by Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on the eve of the Australian Open.

It follows weeks of environmental protests in Belgrade and elsewhere in Serbia that have clogged key roads and bridges.

The ruling marks a mark a dramatic reversal by the Serbian government, which approved the project despite growing public backlash.

The decision to revoke Rio Tinto’s mining licenses was made yesterday in a televised address by Ana Brnabic, the Serbian Prime Minister, who later commented duration


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