December 19, 2017 – FRN –
Serbia may become one of the important transit points of Russian gas, in connection with the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline.
This was stated by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at a press conference, following talks with the President of Serbia, Alexander Vučić.
During the December 19 talks at the Kremlin, the sides discussed further prospects for bilateral cooperation. In particular, Putin and Vucic discussed the creation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and Serbia.
Russia will also adopt any decision on the Kosovo issue, which is reached by Belgrade and Pristina. Putin stressed that Russia will continue to support Serbia in terms of ensuring its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“Regarding Kosovo: we proceed from the fact that the situation there must be settled politically, on the basis of a dialogue of the parties, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 1244,” the Russian leader said.
Alexander Vučić expressed confidence that Russia and Serbia will going forward increase the volume of mutual trade and expressed gratitude for Russia’s assistance to Serbia in various spheres.
The Serbian President then invited the Russian President to visit his country in order to attend the opening ceremony of the St. Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, which will also be the 800th anniversary of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
In addition, Vučić recalled that on February 2, 2018, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad is celebrated, and Serbia, one of the few European countries that did not participate in the Nazi battle, will be represented at events on this matter at the highest levels.