BELGRADE, September 08, /ITAR-TASS/. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that the energy sector and railways were the most promising areas of Russian-Serbian cooperation.
“We have many questions in the energy sector which need to be solved. You know that Gazprom is the majority owner of the Serbian company NIS (Naftna Industrija Srbije-NIS). It is necessary to discuss the future of our relations in this sphere and solve everything like partners,” Vucic said in an exclusive interview with Mikhail Gusman, the first deputy director general of the Itar-Tass news agency.
The Serbian prime minister said that the two sides needed to see where they stood on the South Stream project and discuss who would supply gas to Serbia if someone turned off gas to it.
Touching upon the South Stream gas pipeline, Vucic said that not everything depended exclusively on Serbia.
“The South Stream cannot start on the Serbian-Bulgarian border and end on Serbia’s border with Hungary. It should also run through Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria and all other countries. As for Serbia, it has done its job properly but the rest depends on others,” Vucic said adding that the South Stream contract was good for Serbia.
Vucic said that Serbia had received 800 million dollars worth of credits from the Russian Railways to modernize and develop its internal railway infrastructure.
“We have already spent 91 million dollars. The Belgrade-Pancevo railway line is a good example of this cooperation,” the Serbian prime minister stressed.
Vucic believes that Russia and Serbia could significantly advance their relations in other spheres such as culture, sport, etc.
“We have good political and economic ties and we are developing them. Naturally, we can make our relations incomparably better in all other spheres of public life,” Vucic said in conclusion.