Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic will meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin today to discuss boosting economic and military cooperation between the two countries, the situation in the region, including Kosovo, and even Catalonia.
In his statement for Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS), Vucic said that the meeting with Putin would be the longest so far since it would last for two hours, after which the two statesmen will address journalists at a press conference.
Vucic also said that, in terms of economy, he will discuss with Putin the rights of Serbian workers engaged in Russia, the trade relations between the two countries, and the signing of a gas delivery agreement.
“As Serbia develops, its gas consumption grows, from 200 to 300 million cubic metres a year. We are going to expand the Banatski Dvor gas storage to be able to take 750 million cubic metres of gas. We have already signed an agreement stipulating this. We will try to agree (with the Russians) about a delivery of one billion cubic metres”, Vucic said.
In terms of the announced purchase of six military helicopters MI-17, Vucic said that he would consult Serbian experts who had met with their Russian counterparts in Mocwos.
Although the topics of the talks with Putin have not been officially announced, and following Russia’s donation of six MIG-29s to Serbia, “the only thing certain is that further improvement of military cooperation will be high on the agenda of the two presidents,” Tanjug said in an article early on Monday.
During a recent visit by Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu to Serbia, Vucic expressed interest in Buk-2 systems (one of the most modern mid-range missile systems) and Panzir (mid-range and short-range missiles) and the media suggest that this could also feature in his conversations in the Kremlin.
(Beta, B92, 18.12.2017)
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