President Aleksandar Vucic told a news conference that Serbia and Russia have excellent relations while Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev added that those relations should be pragmatic if they are to remain good.
“I want to say that Russia and Serbia have excellent relations, perhaps at the highest level in the past few decades. We can always count on Russia’s support and we support each other in international affairs.” Vucic told the media at the end of Medvedev’s visit to Belgrade.
Vucic recalled that Medvedev was in Belgrade for the 75th anniversary of the former Yugoslavia’s capital in World War 2. “The day when the Russian army and Serbian partisans entered Belgrade. Your visit shows that we will not allow history to be altered,” the Serbian president said.
According to Medvedev, Russia does not have many countries that it can call friends who share its view of history and sometimes disputes appear. “History must not be the subject of political bargaining, especially events such as the liberation of Belgrade. We increasingly bear responsibility for historic memory and it is very important that young people understand the importance of peace,” He said.
Medvedev said that officials of the two governments discussed problems as equal partners, adding that their job is to keep relations good and “absolutely pragmatic”. “Those relations will be good if they are pragmatic, if not they will deteriorate. I believe that our legacy for the future is to create pragmatic relations,” the Russian prime minister said.