Deputy Russian FM visits Belgrade, received by top officials

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met on Friday in Belgrade with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Source: B92, Tanjug

According to a statement from the Serbian government, Vucic and Bogdanov - who also serves as special presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa - discussed "further development of strategic partnership."

They "agreed that the continuity of meetings of senior officials of the two countries significantly contributes to political relations and all-round cooperation."

Vucic "expressed his gratitude to the Russian official for the consistent support of the Russian Federation to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia, which comes to the fore through the concerted effort in international organizations."

Vucic said that Serbia remains committed to dialogue as a way of resolving the issue of Kosovo and Metohija by diplomatic and peaceful means.

He presented "the security opportunities and challenges in the Western Balkans," such as the announcement of the formation of a so-called Kosovo army, "contrary to the provisions of the Brussels agreement - but stressed the strong commitment of Serbia to the policy of peace, stability and cooperation in the region."

Through its foreign policy activities, Serbia is committed to peaceful resolution of the regional crises, taking into account the interests of all parties, Vucic said.

Bogdanov said that the Russian Federation "does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, but added that any instability in the Western Balkans is a bad influence on the international situation, and therefore Russia shares concern and support to the policy of Serbia," the statement said.

Also on Friday in Belgrade, President Tomislav Nikolic received Bogdanov and spoke with him about "the political situation in the region and the dangers of heightening tensions in some countries."

Serbia has a great interest in maintaining peace and stability as the basic prerequisite for its further progress and development, Nikolic said.


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