The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, will meet today in Sochi with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. The key topic of the 19th official meeting between Vucic and Putin will be the delivery and price of gas, but the leaders of the two countries will also discuss the situation in the Western Balkans, joint projects and economic cooperation.
Aleksandar Vucic and Vladimir Putin will meet at around 1 pm local time, and around 11 am with Serbia’s local time. The two presidents will first talk in private, and then they will have a working lunch. Everything will be done in private, given the strict epidemic measures.
The situation in the Western Balkans and the solution to the crisis in Kosovo are on the table.
Aleksandar Vucic also announced that he would inform President Putin about everything that is happening in the talks on Kosovo, as well as about the entire situation in the Western Balkans.
These are the issues that the Kremlin sees as central in the conversation between the two leaders.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin would talk to Vucic in Sochi about “cooperation between the two countries for mutual benefit”, which, as he assessed, would be “very important talks with an ally and a friend”.
The Kremlin has officially announced the meeting between Putin and Vucic, and the statement states that the talks between the two leaders will, among other things, focus on resolving Kosovo related issues.
“Putin and Vucic are scheduled to touch on the burning issues of the Russian-Serbian strategic partnership in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as to exchange views on the situation in the Balkans, including prospects for resolving the Kosovo issue,” the Kremlin’s official said.
The meeting in Sochi, the 19th official meeting between Presidents Vucic and Putin, comes at a time of numerous challenges Serbia is facing, such as increased pressure from the West on the lack of rule of law, censorship and media control e.t.c.