Vucic and Putin meet in Sochi

The strategic partnership between Serbia and Russia is developing and strengthening on a daily basis, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President Vucic that took place in the Russian town of Sochi.

Putin welcomed Vucic and underlined that he was very pleased to see the President of Serbia.

“Thank you for accepting our invitation, our relationships are evolving, our strategic partnership is being reaffirmed and strengthened on a daily basis, both in political and economic relations, as well as in the security field”, Putin said at the beginning of the meeting, which was open to the public.

According to the Russian President, last year’s external trade between the two countries increased by two per cent, and in the period between January and September this year, by an additional nine per cent.

Putin added that joint committees were actively working on developing relations between the two countries and that he would discuss that matter further with the Serbian President during the visit.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at the beginning of his talks with his Russian counterpart that he was not optimistic when it came to reaching a final compromise solution between Belgrade and Pristina.

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Then, announcing topics he wants to discuss with the Russian head of state, Vucic informed Putin that the gas pipeline through Serbia was practically completed.

The President once again thanked Putin for his continued support to Serbia in preserving its territorial integrity and national interests.

“But I have to tell you that I am not optimistic regarding reaching a final compromise solution between Belgrade and Pristina. However, we will discuss this issue together”, Vucic said.

He pointed out that the economic cooperation between Serbia and Russia is improving and that the trading in goods is constantly growing.

He reminded that projects with Russian Railways (RZD) are being implemented in Serbia, and praised the responsibility and professionalism of Russian partners.

On the eve of the meeting, President Vucic announced that the topics of talks with the head of the Russian state would be all key issues – from Kosovo and Metohija, the situation in the Western Balkans region, to how Putin views the political situation in Europe, Eurasia and worldwide, as well as the issues such as energy and the economy in general.

(N1, 04.12.2019)



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