Contents tagged with Serbia

  • Putin replaces Russian Ambassador to Serbia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order appointing Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko as Russia's Ambassador to Serbia. The document was published on the Internet portal of legal information.

    Botsan-Kharchenko is a MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) graduate, and he has worked in the structures of the European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry in the 2000s and, in particular, was a representative of Russia in the International Negotiating Commission to Kosovo. …

  • Widow of Slobodan Milosevic passes away in Russia

    Mirjana “Mira” Marković, the widow of former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević, passed away in Russia where she had been living since the early 2000s. She was 77 years old.

    One of her close friends, Milutin Mrkonjić, confirmed the news with the BBC News Serbian service. He added that the date and place of the funeral is still under discussion.

    Belgrade media reported that Mirjana Marković died in a hospital in Moscow. BBC was unable to confirm this information as Moscow hospitals disclose …

  • Serbian President refuses to recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucić compared the situation with the Crimea, which was annexed by Russia, and the disputed region of Kosovo, which is trying gain full independence from Belgrade.

    According to him, Serbia cannot recognize the Crimea as belonging to Russian because it can be used by Western countries in the dispute over Kosovo’ independence.

    "If we were to do it today [recognize the annexation of the Crimea], we would have an analogy with Kosovo. They would say that according to …

  • Vucic: Serbia is not going to join NATO

    Serbia is not going to join the North Atlantic Alliance, said Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić on March 24, speaking at the ceremony commemorating the victims of the NATO attack on Yugoslavia in 1999.

    “The Serbian people do not wish to join the North Atlantic Alliance. Military neutrality is a natural choice by the Serbian state,” he said, stressing that the Serbian people do not want NATO membership.

    Serbian protestors have been demanding the resignation of President Vučić, fair elections …

  • Serbia to start construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline through its territory

    The Serbian government made a final decision to start the construction of the gas pipeline that will pass from Bulgaria to Hungary through the territory of the country, stated Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia Aleksandar Antić, the local Kurir newspaper reported.

    The customer for the construction of the gas pipeline is Gastrans d.o.o. Novi Sad (51% and 49% of which are owned by Gazprom and Serbiagas, respectively). The pipeline will be 400 km long and will have a capacity of 13.88 …

  • Putin promises Vucic $1.4 billion to help extend TurkStream pipeline through Serbia

    Russia is ready to invest $1.4 billion into Serbia’s economy in order to construct the TurkStream gas pipeline through the country, RBC news agency reports. 

    “We are ready to invest the necessary resources, which are approximately $ 1.4 billion,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference with his Serbian colleague, Aleksandar Vucic. Putin added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has supported the idea to extend the pipeline to Europe. 

    Earlier, in an interview with …

  • Putin discusses risk of exporting Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine

    In a press conference after meeting with Serbian President Aleksander Vučić, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the risk of transiting Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine.

    According to Putin, the Russian delegation to the trilateral gas meeting in Brussels will bring up this issue.

    “The management of Gazprom will be in Brussels next week, and will discuss a number of collaboration matters. Incidentally, [they will also discuss] transit through Ukraine, taking into account the …

  • Media: Serbian authorities detain a person suspected of planning Putin's assassination

    Serbian security forces detained a man in the town of Novi Pazar in  Southern Serbia, who was suspected of being a militant of Islamic State, reports the Serbian news outlet the Informer citing its source. Serbian Security forces suspect him of plotting to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

    According to the newspaper Kurir, 21-year-old Armin Alibashevich was detained by police on January 15. A scoped rifle was found in his backpack, leading the police and the Security Intelligence …

  • Putin plans to visit Serbia

    Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov’s said that the preparation of a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Serbia is underway, RIA Novosti. According to Peskov, the visit agenda is being prepared currently.

    On January 7th, Putin signed a decree awarding the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic with the Order of Alexander Nevsky. According to the Kremlin, the Serbian leader was awarded this award for “a great personal contribution to developing mutual cooperation” with Russia. …

  • Leader of Kosovo: Serbia is a mini-Russia in the Balkans

    Pristina will maintain the 100% tariffs on goods from Serbia until Belgrade decides to recognize its independence, promised Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. 

    During a press conference on the results of 2018, Haradinaj called Serbia a “small Russia in the Balkans” and urged it to change its policy to comply with European and American standards. 

    “If Serbia does not change, the tariffs will remain forever. If Serbia wants to reach an agreement on mutual recognition and acts in accordance …