Thursday, May 23, 2013

New age of cooperation ahead of Serbia and Russia

5/22/2013 1:43:00 PM

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has said ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that a new age of cooperation lies ahead of the two countries, which will show that no goal is unobtainable if two countries join forces.

  Nikolic and Putin are expected to meet in Sochi on Friday. Serbia has not taken enough advantage of its close relations with Russia in the past, Nikolic told Itar-Tass. Some former Serbian officials were not entirely honest when talking about the need to develop cooperation with Russia, which hurt Serbia greatly, he noted. Many possibilities were not used, many opportunities missed, he said, adding that the situation changed in the past year despite that. One of Serbia's priorities is cooperation with Russia based on closeness in terms of language, religion, culture and history, 

Nikolic stated. He and Putin should sign a strategic partnership agreement on Friday, and Nikolic commented that the document would be the crowning achievement in the joint efforts to have active cooperation in all areas. He expects the signing to have a positive effect on economic cooperation and stimulate Russian investment in Serbia. 

The agreement will set the key principles that will serve as the basis for the two nations' cooperation, Itar-Tass reported. Special attentian will be given to eocnomic ties, trade, strategic infrastructure projects and coordinated activities in international politics, particularly concerning Kosovo.

 Belgrade is grateful to Moscow for its stand on Kosovo, Nikolic said. Russia's international support is important to Serbia, he remarked, adding that Russia advocated a peaceful solution for Kosovo with respect to Serbia's sovereignty and measures that would be acceptable to both sides. Photo Tanjug, S. Radovanovic (Archive)

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