Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow on Monday, saying he hoped the relations between the two countries would develop positively and in the spirit of friendship regardless of political developments, while Vucic said he expected Russia's military aid to arrive in Serbia as soon as possible, Belgrade media reported from Moscow.
Putin indirectly backed Vucic's candidacy for Serbia's president, saying he expected the upcoming presidential election would be held at the highest level and wishing the incumbent authorities success.
Putin said Serbia-Russia relations in trade changed thanks to joint efforts and that the export of farm products jumped 40%. According to Belgrade media, he said in the talks that the situation in Southeast Europe was somewhat strained.
Vucic told Serbian reporters he expected Putin to sign as soon as possible an order on the delivery of Russian weapons to Serbia. "We also talked about military-technical cooperation. Putin said he personally approved everything I talked about with (Defence Minister) Sergey Shoygu regarding 30 armoured fighting vehicles, 30 T-72 tanks and six MiG 29 planes."
Vucic told Putin "Serbia firmly stands on the model of military neutrality, which it must keep" and that this was "a matter of both freedom and independence," which Putin "fully supported," Belgrade media reported.