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Russia and Serbia
« on: Jun 16, 2017, 02:50:20 pm »
 

Al Bundy

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Jun 2001: 16. and 17.
For the first time in history, Serbia has visited Russia's head of state - President of RF Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.



In Belgrade Putin met with Federal President V. Kostunica ( Pro-Western Democratic Opposition of Serbia) and later the Russian President visited Russian troops in Kosovo ( KFOR ).

http://articles.latimes.com/2001/jun/18/news/mn-11800http://


 

Re: Russia and Serbia
« Reply #1 on: Oct 01, 2017, 01:21:17 pm »
 

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US State Department has new man for Russia and Serbia

Wess Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for European Policy Analysis, is the be the new assistant US secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

Source: TANJUG Friday, September 29, 2017 | 13:13

This has been confirmed by the US Senate, Tanjug reported on Friday.

He replaces Victoria Nuland, who held this post in the administration of former US President Barack Obama and was, among other things, in charge of relations with Russia, but also with Serbia.

News agencies are reporting that Mitchell was elected under a simplified procedure at the end of a session which confirmed the appointment of several US diplomats to new ambassadorial posts.



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Re: Russia and Serbia
« Reply #2 on: Nov 07, 2018, 06:58:07 pm »
 

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EU "looking to put pressure on Serbia"   ???

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee has urged Serbia to "fight against its dependence on Russian gas."
Source: Sputnik Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 12:41


https://www.b92.net/eng/news/world.php?yyyy=2018&mm=11&dd=07&nav_id=105464



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Re: Russia and Serbia : Putin and his visit to Belgrade
« Reply #3 on: Jan 15, 2019, 12:20:02 pm »
 

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AP: Russian President Putin in Belgrade, Serbia in Thursday



BANSTOL, Serbia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin already has a village, a wax figure, a plum brandy and several cafes named after him in Serbia. Now, he’s getting a church.
Topped with Russian-style green-and-gold onion-shaped domes, the church in this tiny village in northwestern Serbia is still under construction but it has already been dubbed “Putin’s church.”
Locals say the emerging structure is meant as a sign of admiration for Putin and the centuries-long brotherly ties between the two nations that share common Slavic roots and the Orthodox Christian religion.
With Putin set to visit Serbia later this week, the residents of Banstol are eagerly awaiting word on whether he might come to see the church, as some local media have suggested.
“This church has acquired the unofficial name of Putin’s church because Putin is a symbol of a new, upright Russia, a Russia which Serbs have started to believe in once again,” said the local initiator of the project, Branko Simonovic.
Simonovic said the church is purposefully designed in the Russian style — traditional Serbian churches have different domes and towers — to show that Serbs “were always looking to Russia for backing, precisely because of religion.”

Historically close ties between Russia and Serbia have recently been visibly revived after Putin stepped up efforts to restore Moscow’s influence in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe.

Russia’s interest in the region relates to its strategic position between East and West. Out of Serbia’s eight neighbors, five are NATO members; four are in the EU and two more are working toward accession.

Serbia has turned out to be a faithful ally to Russia even as the country formally seeks membership in the European Union. Belgrade has refused to join Western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and has promised it will stay out of NATO.

"Analysts" say that strong ties between the Serbian and Russian churches have played a major role in restoring Russia’s influence among the Serbs after the historic alliance collapsed during the existence of Yugoslavia whose communist leader Josip Broz Tito turned away from the Soviet Union to foster close links with the West.

Nowadays, shirts with Putin’s image are sold by street vendors and openly pro-Russian ministers sit in the Serbian government. Surveys say that most Serbs believe Russia is their country’s biggest ally and financial donor despite much bigger Western economic and other aid to the Balkan country.

Putin’s popularity is mostly because the Kremlin is supporting Serbia in its rejection of independence for the former Serbian province of Kosovo, which the Serbian church considers its birthplace and where hundreds of its medieval monasteries and churches are located.

In contrast, most Western countries have recognized Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence.


The Head of the Serbian Orthodox church, Patriarch Irinej, recently said that Serbia wants good relations with Europe, the United States and Russia, but since the interests of the West “counter ours, there is no doubt that Russia comes first.”

The Serbian church demonstrated its loyalty when it sided recently with Russia in rejection of independence for the Ukrainian church from Moscow.

Similarly, in the Serb-run part of neighboring Bosnia, pro-Russia authorities are building a Serbia-Russia cultural and religious center that also will include a church that many see as a display of Russia’s soft power influence in the Balkans — the ability to attract masses, rather than use force to subdue them like the Soviets did.

A common joke among lybtard Serbs is that the preparations for Putin’s visit to Serbia on Thursday are as if the Pope is arriving.

The highlight of Putin’s one-day trip will be his visit to the biggest Orthodox Christian temple in the Balkans in Belgrade where some of its mosaics were painted by Russian artists with money donated by the Kremlin.

Putin and his host, Serbia’s populist  ::) President Aleksandar Vucic, are set to address tens of thousands of people outside the Saint Sava church “in a symbol of brotherly ties,” the organizers said.

Apart from media attention, the Russia-style church in Banstol has attracted tens of thousands of dollars in donations, from home and abroad, especially since it was named after the Russian president. Undisclosed Russian donors reportedly also contributed.

“I see that Putin’s picture is put on women’s underpants, gold watches, cell phones, so why wouldn’t a church bear his name? I think that he’d be more happy to have this church as his image brand,” Simonovic said.

Marko Drobnjakovic and Jovana Gec contributed.


https://www.apnews.com/3d98bcf3c2804462885fac93d816aeae



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Re: Russia and Serbia: Putin visited Belgrade
« Reply #4 on: Jan 20, 2019, 04:53:59 pm »
 

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Vladimir Putin for the second time in Belgrade  :)  I was there too. :D











President of Serbia Vucic tried to use Russian President to speak to the his supporters but Putin is not stupid.

American TV N1 ignored event although were on the streets of Belgrade more than 100000 people.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N1_(television)



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Re: Russia and Serbia
« Reply #5 on: Mar 09, 2019, 04:45:29 pm »
 

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Serbia-Russia trade reaches USD 3.6 billion annually

Serbian-Russian bilateral trade volume has been on a rise over the past several years and the goal is to reach the 2008 level of 4 billion dollars.
Source: Tanjug Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10:51

https://www.b92.net/eng/news/business.php?yyyy=2019&mm=03&dd=08&nav_id=106369



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