Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the unveiling of a bust of former Russina Prime Minister Yevgeniy Primakov at the Russian House in Belgrade on Monday.
“He will be remembered with a lot of respect outside the borders of Russia,” Vucic said, adding that Primakov sided with Serbia and “fought for its right to exist”. According to the Serbian President, Primakov made major changes in Russia’s foreign policy, preferring a multi-polar world and defending his country’s interests.
Speaking in Serbian, Russia’s Ambassador in Belgrade Aleksandar Botsan Harchenko siad that Primakov was a major figure as a scientist, diplomat and humanist. He recalled that Primakov advocated a peaceful solution for the crisis in the former Yugoslavia.
Primakov served as Russian prime minister in 1998 and 1999. He also held the posts of foreign minister, Speaker of the USSR Supreme Soviet and head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. He died in 2015. The unveiling ceremony at the Russian House (one of more than 40 Russian centers across the world) was also attended by Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin. The Russian and Serbian national anthems were played by the Serbian miilitary’s Guards Orchestra.