Serbian president to travel to Moscow, meet with Putin again
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic is the recipient of this year's award given by the International Fund of Unity of Orthodox (Christian) Peoples.Source: Beta
Nikolic will receive the award in a ceremony in Moscow on March 9, when he should also meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Fund's president, Valery Alekseyev, told reporters in Belgrade that Nikolic will be officially informed about the accolade tomorrow, and will receive an invitation to visit Moscow.
Other recipients on this year's award include Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neophyte and Russian State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin.
Alekseyev said that these awards are given "with the blessing of Russian Patriarch Kirill," and that, because of Nikolic's meeting with Putin, his trip will have not only social, but also "a wider political" significance.
Alekseyev noted that previous recipients included Putin, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, and Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic.