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Meeting with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic

April 26, 2019, Beijing

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. The leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, I am very pleased to meet with you again.

I have warm recollections of the hospitality shown to me and my delegation during our visit to Belgrade on January 17. The talks we held then promoted our cooperation and gave a boost to bilateral ties. This is also reflected in the trade volume, which has been growing slowly but steadily: two percent last year.

Our foreign ministers maintain constant political contacts. Relations in such a sensitive sphere as military-technical cooperation are also developing.

I am glad to have this opportunity to meet with you on the sidelines of today’s event and discuss bilateral relations and developments in the region.

President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic: Mr President, my friend, I am very pleased to meet with you today.

First of all, I would like to say that your historical visit to Serbia was very important for the development of relations between Serbia and Russia.

Your visit bore many fruit, but it was also a warm-hearted visit, because it spoke to the hearts of all Serbians.

Thank you very much once again for the enormous support you show to the development of the best political relations between our countries.

I would also like to express my gratitude for supporting Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, because you support our country in all international organisations. As you know, this is very important for us.

We feel a lot of pressure with regard to Kosovo. Once again, thank you very much for your unwavering support.

I would also like to stress that constant growth in trade is our common success. We cooperate in many spheres, and I believe that we should strengthen and promote our relations in energy, infrastructure, innovations and technological development.

Once again, thank you very much for today’s meeting.

It is Good Friday today. I wish you a happy and blessed Easter as well as success and prosperity to the brotherly people of Russia.


April 26, 2019, Beijing