Medvedev to visit Belgrade in early 2016

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that Serbia and Russia had traditionally good relations and that his last visit to Moscow had confirmed it.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, held after their talks on the margins of a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade, Vucic announced a visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Belgrade in early 2016.

Lavrov said that Russia and Serbia had always been allies in difficult situations, pointing to their increasingly good economic cooperation, evidenced by the fact that the value of Russian investments in Serbia had reached four billion US dollars.

Vucic thanked Russia for its support to Serbia in UNESCO and the UN regarding Kosovo, and he particularly thanked Lavrov, saying that he "supports Serbia's independence and sovereignty in every institution."

Earlier in the day, Vucic met with German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier.

Steinmeier said that Germany respected Serbia's progress in recent years and months, evidenced by the support of the IMF and the World Bank, the European Commission's positive assessment of that progress and the announced opening of policy chapters in the country's EU entry talks.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on Thursday said that the first two policy chapters in Serbia's EU entry talks would be opened on December 14.

Last update: Fri, 04/12/2015 - 22:00
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