Serbia considering asking Russia for long-term loan to purchase S-400 systems — media

BELGRADE, November 1. /TASS/: The Serbian government is considering the purchase of Russian missile defense systems S-400 through obtaining a long-term loan, the Vecherne Novosti daily informed on Friday, citing its own sources.

"Serbia’s military and state leadership was impressed by the efficiency of the S-400 system [during the recent drills "Slavic Shield-2019" with the participation of the Russian military]. In the coming months, they might hold talks with Moscow on acquiring a long-term loan for the purchase this missile defense system," the newspaper wrote.

Russia to send Il-76 plane to extinguish fire in Serbia’s mountains

BELGRADE, October 30. /TASS/: The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 plane will join an effort to put out fire in eastern Serbia on Thursday, Head of the Serbian Sector for Emergency Situations Predrag Maric has said.

"Tomorrow, the Ilyushin plane will arrive from Russia to join the firefighting effort. It takes some 20 minutes to refill it, and it can carry out five or six raids in good weather conditions," Maric told TV Prva channel. The official noted that he was in touch with Russian colleagues on the issue.

Multipolar world possible on basis of mutual respect of national interests — Medvedev

BELGRADE, October 20. /TASS/: For today, a multipolar world is possible if countries respect each other’s national interests, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in his address to the Serbian parliament on Saturday.

"For today, only a multipolar world can be fair. And it is possible on the basis of respect of national interests, on the basis of non-interference into internal affairs," he said.

Russia, Serbia reach unprecedented level of understanding - Medvedev

BELGRADE, October 20. /TASS/: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that Russia and Serbia have achieved an unprecedentedly high level of mutual understanding, and it is important to keep the momentum.

Commenting on a similar statement by Serbian President Alexandar Vucic, Medvedev said: "I totally agree, the most important thing is to preserve it [mutual understanding]."

"It can be preserved only if we assess a whole range of international events from similar viewpoints," the Russian premier went on.

Moscow to agree to resume Russia-Ukraine flights if Kiev puts it forward — lawmaker

BELGRADE, October 14. /TASS/: Russia will give its consent to reinstate flights between Russia and Ukraine if Kiev puts such an initiative forward, Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council (upper chamber) Valentina Matviyenko told reporters.

"We back opportunity for dialogue, particularly through aviation. If Ukraine makes this decision [to resume flights], I am sure we will support it," Matviyenko said answering a TASS question.

Serbia-EAEU deal on free trade zone to break new ground, says Russian upper house speaker

BELGRADE, October 14. /TASS/: Russian Federation Council (upper house) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko considers the signing of the agreement on creating a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Serbia scheduled for October 25 to be a serious step forward.

Medvedev’s Belgrade visit points to boost in bilateral ties, Serbian leader says

BELGRADE, October 4. /TASS/: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s upcoming visit to Serbia signals expanding Serbian-Russian cooperation, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at a meeting with Russian Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko on Friday.

The Serbian president met with the Russian envoy on Friday to discuss preparations for Medvedev’s visit and joint celebration of the 75th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation during World War II.

Serbia’s accession to NATO would justify alliance’s 1999 atrocities - Russian envoy

BELGRADE, September 15. /TASS/: The North Atlantic Alliance has been pushing for Serbia’s accession since this would justify all NATO’s atrocities in the country, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said in an interview with Serbian daily Politika published on Sunday.

Serbia grants citizenship to Thailand’s fugitive ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra

BELGRADE, Aug 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Serbian government has granted citizenship to Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who fled her homeland in 2017 to avoid negligence charges.

Shinawatra, 52, went to Dubai and joined her brother Thaksin, another former Thai prime minister who also fled in 2006 to avoid a prison sentence for corruption.

The Serbian government decided to grant Yingluck citizenship on June 27, citing a legal provision that “a foreign citizen can also be granted Serbian citizenship if that is in line with the country’s interests”.

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