Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said that the Russian House in the Serbian capital was created thanks to the great love of the Russian people towards the motherland and that it became the site of Russian and Serbian encounter and cooperation, which was the most intensive in the heaviest moments.
She said that Russia has helped Serbia for many years in history, but that in the year that marks the end of World War I, it must be mentioned in particular that the help that Tzar Nicholas I of Russia gave to Serbia is why our country is eternally grateful.
The Prime Minister announced the opening of a Serbian cultural centre in Russia and stressed that Serbia is proud of those who promote it in the world, such as actor Miloš Biković whom Russian President Vladimir Putin recently gave a medal.
Russian Federation Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Alexander Chepurin reminded that the Russian House was founded in 1933 by Russian emigrants and that it was built in the country that became their second home.
There are about a hundred such centres in the whole world, but this one in Belgrade is the oldest one, said Chepurin, and expressed his hope that during the next visit of Putin the establishment of a Serbian home in Moscow will be agreed on.
Patriarch of Serbia Irinej said that the Russian House is a “golden thread” connecting two fraternal people, adding that the Russian and Serbian peoples are closest for centuries.
Besides the Prime Minister, Marko Đurić, Director of the Office for Kosovo-Metohija, and Nenad Popović, Minister without portfolio in charge of innovation and technological development, also attended.