President denies he's eying ambassadorial post in Moscow
Tomislav Nikolic says he did not ask to become Serbia's ambassador in Moscow if the ruling SNS decides against making him their presidential candidate.Source: B92
This claim was made earlier by the Belgrade-based daily Blic.
But the president told Russia's Sputnik that this was "a fabrication":
"It's a fabrication used to belittle me and present me as a man who's only looking to grab something. But why don't they say to whom in the SNS I put such conditions?"
The newspaper also said that Nikolic wants his son Radomir to become president of the National Assembly in case he is not the party's candidate in this year's elections.
According to the same article, Nikolic has Moscow's support to run again, "and Moscow is ready to back him and help his campaign."
Citing an unnamed foreign diplomat as its source, the daily said that Nikolic is being "encouraged by the Russians to form his own party and launch his own campaign if the SNS does not make him their candidate."
The article also cited "SNS sources" who said that "several meetings between Nikolic and PM (and SNS leader) Aleksandar Vucic will be held in the coming days, when all cards will be on the table."