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Putin to meet Serbian PM

October 29, 2015, 9:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Serbian prime minister is on a working visit to Russia at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

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MOSCOW, October 29 /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday, October 29, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

"The president will start the public part of his tomorrow’s schedule with receiving Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic," Peskov said, adding that the Serbian prime minister, who is on a working visit to Russia at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, had had talks with the latter on October 27.

Putin’s previous meeting with the Serbian prime minister took place in October 2014, when the Russian leader was visiting Belgrade to attend celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi aggressors.

At the talks with his Russian counterpart, Vucic said he was confident the two countries could accelerate cooperation in many spheres. He said Serbia was ready to invite Russian companies to build infrastructure facilities and expected similar steps from the Russian side. "Serbia will remain a friend of Russia for rational reasons," Vucic said, adding that his country had never imposed any sanctions on Moscow, despite "numerous requests." "Serbia will stick to this policy in future," he stressed.

Peskov also said that Putin would have a number of other working meetings on Thursday, including with Sergei Morozov, the governor of Russia’s Ulyanovsk Oblast (region).

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