Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nikolic, Putin: Serbia-Russia relations improving

5/24/2013 2:56:00 PM

SOCHI - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Friday that the relations between the two countries are getting better and better and announced talks on joint projects. I hope that we will have the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations and international issues today, President Putin said while greeting Nikolic at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi.

 We are improving our contacts, we are working together on several interesting projects and I hope that we will be able to devote some time to all this today, Putin added. Nikolic thanked Putin for Russia's stance regarding Serbia, in particular for the principled position not to recognize the self-proclaimed independence of Kosovo. “As you yourself say, our relations are getting better and better.

 The frequent contacts between the two of us and between our associates are contributing to this improvement. Serbia is quite pleased about its relationship with Russia. It could always be better, of course, but Serbia is grateful to the Russian Federation for being on the right side, on the side of international law, concerning our Kosovo problem,” Nikolic said.

 He said that the meeting will touch on the projects that are underway and those that are expected to be launched, and that he will inform the Russian president about the latest developments in Belgrade's dialogue with Pristina and the current situation regarding Kosovo-Metohija. “Serbia is actively preparing for the start of the works on the South Stream (pipeline) section through Serbia, and we would be very pleased if ??you could visit Serbia by the end of the year,” President Nikolic told Putin. 

 The meeting of the two presidents, the third since Nikolic was elected president of Serbia, was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic, on the Serbian side and by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov on the Russian side. A working lunch between the two delegations is scheduled for after the meeting. After the lunch, the presidents will sign a declaration on strategic partnership between Russia and Serbia and address a press conference. 

The delegation led by Nikolic also includes Minister of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning Milan Bacevic, Serbian Ambassador to Moscow Slavenko Terzic and Presidential Adviser Marko Djuric. Tanjug video, A. Beatovic

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