“Serbia has not created any obstacles,” Chepurin told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak met with Serbian Minister of Energy and Mining Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow on June 20. “Serbia confirmed that it was ready to carry out the project according to schedule,” Chepurin said.
“The construction installation works will start in compliance with the results of the tender that will be announced shortly,” he said.
“Foreign investments are one of Serbia’s priorities,” Chepurin said.
At the same time, he said, “Serbia’s accession to the EU won’t solve deep problems. For 15 years Serbia has implemented two major projects: Fiat’s Italian assembly plant in Kragujevac and Russia’s Gazprom Neft’s oil refinery in Novi Sad.”
“Russian-Serbian cooperation should be based on mutual benefit and there are possibilities for this,” he added.
“Serbia’s railways infrastructure is being reconstructed energetically due to Russia’s loan of $800 million,” Chepurin said.
“On May 23, Serbia asked for Russia’s assistance to repairing the Belgrade-Bar railway (Montenegro) due to devastating floods over the Balkan region. On May 30, Russian rescuers cleared up several sections and made up a plan for restoring the railway,” the high-ranking diplomat said.