Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, told Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushkov on Friday that Belgrade would remain militarily neutral, which it would cement by adopting the relevant strategic documents, the Beta news agency quoted Vucic’s office statement.
Vucic and Grushkov discussed the bilateral relations, especially ahead of Vucic’s visit to Russia and meeting with President Vladimir Putin on December 4.
Before meeting Putin, Vucic will host Belarus President Alexandar Lukashenko on December 2 and 3.
Serbia’s President said he expected “with great hope the forthcoming meeting in Sochi, what will be their third encounter in 2019.”
The statement quoted Vucic as saying that for him “it is extremely significant meeting as a chance to talk and exchange stands toward global and regional issues, and the most important topics of Serbia-Russia cooperation, primarily in the economy.”
Vucic and Grushkov discussed the regional situation and said they hoped the Western Balkans would preserve peace and stability.
Vucic thanked Russia for its support and frequent visits by its officials, while Grushkov passed on greetings from Putin, Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the statement said.