The Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic will meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin on 8th May in Moscow to discuss the issue of Kosovo, pressures on Belgrade, the situation in the Balkans and military cooperation.
A day later, on 9th May, Vucic is scheduled to attend the Victory Day parade in Moscow.
Vucic will have a meeting with Putin, the second one in the last four months, at the time when Serbia is under a great pressure to resolve the Kosovo issue as soon as possible, and preferably, according to the “recipe” concocted by the US administration – Serbs in Kosovo will be allowed to form ZSO (a community of mainly Serb-populated municipalities in Kosovo) providing Serbia doesn’t block Kosovo’s entry into the UN.
The last meeting of Vucic and Putin took place in December last year, when the Serbian president was on a three-day visit to Russia. In March, the two state officials talked for half an hour after the phone after the capture by Marko Djuric in Kosovska Mitrovica.
Putin then told President Vucic that the Russian Federation would closely monitor the events in Kosovo and Metohija, condemning Pristina’s actions and violence against the Serb people, and adding that Serbia was a key partner of Russia in the Balkans and in Europe. Putin also said that he was aware of the pressure on President Vucic and Serbia, and that Russia would undertake further measures accordingly.
The meeting on 8th May will be the 12th official meeting of the two leaders and the second since Vucic was elected head of state. There will be no Serbian soldiers on the parade in Moscow. They did participate in the military procession of 2015, when the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism was marked.
Vucic will arrive in Moscow from Ankara, where he will go on an official visit with five government ministers, and where he will meet with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Serbian state delegation will be comprised of the ministers of external trade, telecommunications, tourism, foreign policy, transport, energy and agriculture.
(Vecernje Novosti, 03.05.2018)
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