MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his visiting Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia, who had talks on Tuesday, noted with satisfaction that trade between the two countries is growing and agreed that political and economic cooperation can be further "brought up to the highest possible level."
Welcoming the Serbian president, Putin noted that this visit is Vucic’s first in the capacity of Serbian president after he had taken office in May 2017. "But we have had good relations since the time when you worked as prime minister. I hope they will stay this way. I am pleased to note that relations between Russia and Serbia are developing, first of all in the area of economic, trade is growing, as are direct investments," he said.
Vucic, who spoke with Putin in Russian, also pointed to the growing trade between the two countries. "Much has been done in terms of our cooperation. We expect that political and economic cooperation will be brought up to the highest possible level," he said.
The Serbian leader thanked his Russian counterpart "for Russia’s string support to Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty."
Vucic congratulated Putin on his nomination as candidate for Russian president. "I know that it is up to the Russian people to choose its future, but I would like to wish you every success," the Serbian president said.
In 2016, trade between Russia and Serbia grew by 1.3%, to reach 1.7 billion US dollars, with Russian exports dropping by 9.3% and imports jumping by 12.8% In January-September 2017, bilateral trade grew further on by 26.3%, to amount to 1.5 billion US dollars. Russia’s exports to Serbia include primarily gas, polymeric material, ores, fertilizers. The bulk of imports from Serbia are textiles, chemicals, fertilizers, equipment and motor vehicles, food products and agricultural raw materials.