Prime Minister Ana Brnabic welcomed today with Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev on his official visit to Belgrade, Serbia.
In a cordial conversation, the two officials reaffirmed a strong commitment to further strengthening political relations and strategic partnership between the two countries and deepening cooperation in all areas.
The good relations were also confirmed through the signing of a number of important cooperation agreements today, which will enable the implementation of the agreements reached during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Belgrade earlier this year.
Brnabic underlined that Serbia is grateful to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for the invitations he made to President Aleksandar Vucic to visit his country by the end of the year, as well as for the invitation to participate in the festivities marking the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II next May and emphasised that this is a great honour for Serbia and a confirmation of alliance and friendship.
We are grateful to the Russian Federation for firm support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia, as well as for support against the membership of so-called Kosovo in international organisations, the Prime Minister of Serbia stressed and reiterated that Serbia is committed to continuing the dialogue with Pristina in order to reach a compromise solution.
Brnabic and Medvedev discussed her upcoming visit to Moscow, during which a free trade agreement will be signed between the Republic of Serbia and the Eurasian Economic Union.
Of particular importance is cooperation in the fields of energy, railways and high technology, as well as military-technical cooperation. Last year, the Russian Federation was Serbia’s third foreign trade partner, fifth in terms of exports and the fourth largest in terms of imports.
Brnabic and Medvedev also discussed energy and infrastructure cooperation projects. The construction of a gas pipeline on the territory of Serbia has started from the border with Bulgaria to the border with Hungary, jointly implemented by the public gas company Srbijagas and Gazprom. Also, the project of reconstruction and modernisation of the open railway on the section Stara Pazova-Novi Sad is underway.
The two prime ministers also discussed the implementation of the Contract for the Design and Execution of Works on the Construction of Railway Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the construction of the Unique Dispatch Centre for Train Traffic Management in the Republic of Serbia, totalling €230 million.
Brnabic and Medvedev highlighted during the talks the importance of fostering the anti-fascist values that are the foundation of modern Europe, as well as respecting the large number of victims of the Serbian and Russian people in the fight for freedom during World War II.
In the continuation of the visit, Prime Minister Brnabic and Prime Minister Medvedev laid wreaths together at the Belgrade Liberation Memorial Cemetery and the Red Army Monument, to mark the 75th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation in World War II.