Serbia-Russia relations: Dacic and Rogozin meet

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin met on Thursday in Suzdal, Russia as co-chairs of the Serbian-Russian inter-governmental committee on trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation,

The two sides discussed specific bilateral topics, current matters relating to trade and economic cooperation and fundamental directions for development thereof, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. 

Dacic and Rogozin “expressed mutual readiness to work towards further improvement of cooperation, as well as the expectation that agreements to be reached at the committee meeting, as well as work towards enriching the contractual and legal basis, would further boost overall economic ties.” 

Speaking during a break in the Committee’s session, Dacic reiterated that Serbia would not impose sanctions on Russia. 

“Serbia is consistent in its policy and we will not join in the European (anti-Russian) sanctions,” he said, adding that “in line with such a policy, economic cooperation has to develop even more.”

Dmitry Rogozin said that the relations between Russia and Serbia were “constantly developing” and described Serbia as Russia’s “strategic partner in the Balkans.” 

“Russia sees great possibilities to improve the cooperation in the sectors like tourism, health care, construction, communications, banking, and industry,” the Russian official said. 

According to Rogozin, Russia’s investments in Serbia’s energy sector have reached about three billion dollars, while Moscow “plans to invest even more in Serbia’s economy.” Rogozin mentioned the investment in the modernization of Serbia’s railway network as an example.

(B92, Vecernje Novosti, 03.11.2016)

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