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Confirmed alliance and friendship between Serbia and Russia

Belgrade, October 19, 2019

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic meets with Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev today.

The cordial conversation reaffirmed a firm commitment to further strengthen the political relations and strategic partnership of the two countries and deepen cooperation in all areas.

Confirmation of good relations is the fact that a number of important co-operation agreements have been signed today, which implements the agreements reached during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Belgrade earlier this year.

Brnabic stressed that Serbia is grateful to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, for the invitations he made to President Aleksandar Vucic to visit the country by the end of the year, as well as the invitation to participate in the festivities marking the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II next May. and emphasized that it is a great honor for Serbia and a confirmation of alliance and friendship.

We are grateful to the Russian Federation for its firm support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia, as well as for support against the so-called membership. Kosovo in international organizations, stressed the Prime Minister and reiterated that Serbia is committed to continuing the dialogue in order to reach a compromise solution.

Brnabic and Medvedev discussed the upcoming visit of the Serbian Prime Minister to Moscow, during which a free trade agreement will be signed between the Republic of Serbia and the Eurasian Economic Union.

Of particular importance is cooperation in the fields of energy, railways and high technology, as well as military-technical cooperation. Last year, the Russian Federation was Serbia’s third foreign trade partner, fifth in terms of our export market and fourth in terms of imports.

Brnabic and Medvedev also discussed energy and infrastructure cooperation projects. Construction of a gas pipeline on the territory of Serbia has started from the border with Bulgaria to the border with Hungary, jointly implemented by JP Srbijagas and Gazprom. Also, the project of reconstruction and modernization of the open railway in the section Stara Pazova-Novi Sad is underway.

The Prime Ministers also discussed the implementation of the Contract for the Design and Execution of Works on the Construction of Railway Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, as well as on the Construction of the Unique Dispatch Center for Train Traffic Management in the Republic of Serbia, worth a total of €230 million.

Brnabic and Medvedev emphasized in the conversation the importance of fostering the anti-fascist values ​​that underpin modern Europe, as well as respecting the large number of victims of the Serbian and Russian people in the fight for freedom during World War II.

Following the visit, Prime Minister Brnabic and Prime Minister Medvedev jointly laid wreaths at the Belgrade Liberation Memorial Cemetery and the Red Army Monument, to mark the 75th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation in World War II.

Source: Government of Serbia

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