Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and his host Russian head of state Vladimir Putin discussed on Tuesday the ideas and ways for solving the issue of Kosovo on the first day of Vucic’s visit to Moscow where he was to attend the delayed Parade marking 75 years of the end of the WW II on Wednesday, the state RTS reported.
After the meeting, Vucic told reporters Putin said he respected Serbia. At the same time, the Russian President confirmed the visit to Belgrade in October and congratulated Vucic the election victory of his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) in June 21 vote.
Their meeting comes ahead Vucic and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci are due to meet at the White House with the US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations. Some US media speculated that Trump could also join the meeting.
Vucic later said Putin advised him, but fell short of giving any details.
The importance of Tuesday’s talks between Putin and Vucic was emphasised during Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Belgrade last week.
Following his meeting with Lavrov, Vucic said he was more concerned about the solution to Kosovo problem.