President Nikolic with Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Rogozin.

Belgrade, 28 November 2012 - President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic met today in Belgrade with Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Rogozin.

In an open and cordial conversation, President Nikolic pointed out that Serbia was particularly interested in cooperation with the Russian Federation in many areas, and that Serbia and Russia would soon be fully connected by the "South Stream" Project. The Serbian President expressed the desire that cooperation between the two countries be promoted, in addition to the field of energy, also in the defence industry as well as in other sectors of economy. For example, in the area of agriculture, Serbia can produce quality products that are in demand on the Russian market and is ready to supply the Russian Federation with large quantities, President Nikolic added.


President Nikolic also said that Serbia was pursuing a policy of military neutrality and would therefore soon send its Parliamentary delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty (OCST), since Serbia was already represented in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.


Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin informed President Nikolic that the Russian authorities had officially approved the loan, recently promised to Serbia, on favorable terms. He assessed the relations between Russia and Serbia as very friendly and took the opportunity to convey the greetings of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.