Russian President Putin to visit Serbia in October or November

Russian President Putin to visit Serbia in October or November

The visit to Serbia of the Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected in October or November, said the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin. He added that ahead of Putin's visit, "hundreds of representatives of the Russian administration and businesses will arrive in Serbia".

The ambassador said that Serbia and Russia have a "good co-operation"; however, there are still "great opportunities that have not been ceased". In that sense, he announced that the session of the inter-governmental committee would be held in October.

"Hundreds of representatives of the Russian administration and businesses will arrive to discuss next year's perspectives", Chepurin said. "I think that would be an important meeting which would define plans for the upcoming years".

According to what he said, the trade exchange between Moscow and Belgrade has been increased by 20 percent in the first eight months of 2018; Chepurin said that he expects that the trade value would exceed 3 billion dollars until the end of the year.

"In a formal sense, the Russian share in Serbia's foreign trade was 6.7 percent in the first eight months. This means that Russia was the third foreign trade partner of Serbia. But if we do the math a different way, Russia comes second", Chepurin said, but did not elaborate on this "other way".

The current volume of the bilateral trade exchange represents "a minimum" of the overall volume, the Russian ambassador added. "We should invest more time and pay more importance to our economic co-operation; the joint railroad construction works by Serbian and Russian companies are a good sign".

In October, he went on, Russia would enact its programme of agricultural development which would be a "gigantic step forward" with the participation of Serbia. "We could co-operate more closely with Serbia in many areas such as intelligent cities, ecology and using atom energy for peaceful purposes, informatics, railroads… All of this will be discussed at the inter-governmental committee session in October".... / IBNA

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