Serbian president plans to discuss gas supplies, global events with Putin

BELGRADE, December 4. /TASS/: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has told national television he plans to discuss Russian gas supplies to Serbian consumers, railway projects and boosting trade between Moscow and Belgrade at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Serbian president calls Vladimir Putin a true friend of Serbia

BELGRADE, November 23. /TASS/: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a true friend of Serbia, the country’s President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters on Saturday when asked about his upcoming visit to Sochi.

"As far as President Putin and my visit are concerned, we are getting ready. We will have a big and high-ranking delegation, as it is an exclusively important meeting for us. I believe that President Putin is a sincere friend of Serbia. As president of Serbia, I must protect the interests of Serbia and will continue doing this," he said.

Serbian president talks visit to Russia on December 4 with Russian envoy

BELGRADE, November 21. /TASS/: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has discussed his visit to Sochi on December 4 with Russian Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, the presidential press service said on Thursday.

"One of the topics at the meeting was preparations taken for a working visit of President Vucic to Russia on December 4 and his conversation with President Putin," the statement reads. Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin was also present at the meeting between the leader and the ambassador.

Serbia considering asking Russia for long-term loan to purchase S-400 systems — media

BELGRADE, November 1. /TASS/: The Serbian government is considering the purchase of Russian missile defense systems S-400 through obtaining a long-term loan, the Vecherne Novosti daily informed on Friday, citing its own sources.

"Serbia’s military and state leadership was impressed by the efficiency of the S-400 system [during the recent drills "Slavic Shield-2019" with the participation of the Russian military]. In the coming months, they might hold talks with Moscow on acquiring a long-term loan for the purchase this missile defense system," the newspaper wrote.

Russia to send Il-76 plane to extinguish fire in Serbia’s mountains

BELGRADE, October 30. /TASS/: The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 plane will join an effort to put out fire in eastern Serbia on Thursday, Head of the Serbian Sector for Emergency Situations Predrag Maric has said.

"Tomorrow, the Ilyushin plane will arrive from Russia to join the firefighting effort. It takes some 20 minutes to refill it, and it can carry out five or six raids in good weather conditions," Maric told TV Prva channel. The official noted that he was in touch with Russian colleagues on the issue.

Multipolar world possible on basis of mutual respect of national interests — Medvedev

BELGRADE, October 20. /TASS/: For today, a multipolar world is possible if countries respect each other’s national interests, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in his address to the Serbian parliament on Saturday.

"For today, only a multipolar world can be fair. And it is possible on the basis of respect of national interests, on the basis of non-interference into internal affairs," he said.

Russia, Serbia reach unprecedented level of understanding - Medvedev

BELGRADE, October 20. /TASS/: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that Russia and Serbia have achieved an unprecedentedly high level of mutual understanding, and it is important to keep the momentum.

Commenting on a similar statement by Serbian President Alexandar Vucic, Medvedev said: "I totally agree, the most important thing is to preserve it [mutual understanding]."

"It can be preserved only if we assess a whole range of international events from similar viewpoints," the Russian premier went on.

Moscow to agree to resume Russia-Ukraine flights if Kiev puts it forward — lawmaker

BELGRADE, October 14. /TASS/: Russia will give its consent to reinstate flights between Russia and Ukraine if Kiev puts such an initiative forward, Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council (upper chamber) Valentina Matviyenko told reporters.

"We back opportunity for dialogue, particularly through aviation. If Ukraine makes this decision [to resume flights], I am sure we will support it," Matviyenko said answering a TASS question.

Serbia-EAEU deal on free trade zone to break new ground, says Russian upper house speaker

BELGRADE, October 14. /TASS/: Russian Federation Council (upper house) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko considers the signing of the agreement on creating a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Serbia scheduled for October 25 to be a serious step forward.

Medvedev’s Belgrade visit points to boost in bilateral ties, Serbian leader says

BELGRADE, October 4. /TASS/: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s upcoming visit to Serbia signals expanding Serbian-Russian cooperation, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at a meeting with Russian Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko on Friday.

The Serbian president met with the Russian envoy on Friday to discuss preparations for Medvedev’s visit and joint celebration of the 75th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation during World War II.

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