President Nikolic and president Putin pay homage to fallen soldiers
BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Russian President Vladimir Putin paid homage to soldiers fallen for the liberation of Belgrade in World War II on Thursday.
They laid wreaths at the Cemetery of the Liberators of Belgrade and the Monument to the Red Army in Belgrade following the playing of Serbia’s and Russia’s national anthems and signed the cemetery's guest book.
The laying of wreaths was attended by Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali.
Putin will meet with Serbian President and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in the Palace of Serbia today.
The President of the Russian Federation will be presented with the Order of the Republic of Serbia on a big necklace by Nikolic, after which the Serbian prime minister and Putin will sign a number of intergovernmental agreements in the presence of the Serbian president.
The central event of the day will be a military parade, dubbed ‘March of the Victors’ (Korak pobednika), which is taking place in front of the Palace of Serbia and will be attended by President Putin.
The visit of the Russian President and the military parade by which Serbia is marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade from Nazi occupation in World War II are being covered by about a thousand journalists from 170 media outlets in the country and abroad.
Nikolic, Putin express admiration for heroism of liberators
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin signed the guest book at the Cemetery of the Liberators of Belgrade after laying wreaths at its monuments on Thursday.
“The flag of liberated Belgrade and Serbia that you raised on October 20, 1944 is still firmly kept in our grateful hands,” Nikolic wrote in the guest book.
We will cherish forever the memories of the Soviet and Yugoslav warriors who gave their life for peace in Europe. All this, and the feat that brought us closer to our common great victory, is kept in our memory. We adore their heroism and self-sacrifice, President Putin added to the guest book.
Putin gets ceremonial welcome in front of Palace of Serbia
Russian President Vladimir Putin received a ceremonial welcome with full state and military honors in front of the Palace of Serbia on Thursday.
Putin was welcomed by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic while the national anthems of Serbia and Russia were playing, and the two presidents took a salute from the Honorary Guard of the Serbian Armed Forces.
The Russian president was also welcomed in front of the Palace of Serbia by Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Ministers Ivica Dacic, Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic, Aleksandar Antic, Nebojsa Stefanovic, Bratislav Gasic and Chief-of-staff of the Serbian Armed Forces Ljubisa Dikovic.