FM "readies singing repertoire" ahead of Putin's visit

Ivica Dacic says he is already preparing his "repertoire" - should an opportunity arise for him to sing during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit here.

Source: Vecernje novosti
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"Putin's visits are mostly short and there's not much chance for a more relaxed atmosphere," the Serbian foreign minister and first deputy PM told the daily Vecernje Novosti, and added:

"By the way, he likes to sing, and my choice would be what's according to me the most beautiful Russian song, 'Podmoskovnye Vechera', and, of course, 'Kalinka'."

The minister also revealed that the famous "Kalinka" is "an obligatory part of his diplomatic repertoire," and that he has sung this song not only for Russians, but also for many Europeans and Americans - who "enjoyed and applauded it."

Dacic also shared that other songs he likes to sing to his guests include "Santa Lucia," and "Mi Mou Thimonis" - "a Greek song about the love of a Serbian soldier and a Greek woman."

"Some people translate it as, 'Don't Cry My Eyes'," he said.

During the interview, the minister also announced that more countries would revoke their recognition of Kosovo this year, and that the number of those recognizing it would fall under 100.

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