Belgrade, May 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Milos Mitrovic
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro in Moscow today. “Serbia persistently and diligently works on its European path, but it cannot give up its old friendships with Cuba and Russia, Nikolic was quoted as saying by Serbian President’s media office. Nikolic is on an official two days visit to Moscow; tomorrow he will attend military parade organized by Kremlin to honor Soviet victims in World War Two and mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day. At the military parade boycotted by most of Western countries, the Serbian army will also take part.
After the meeting with the Cuban leader, the President stated that Serbia is proud on its traditional friendships and that it wants to improve them additionally. “Wherever our friends have disputes, we do not pick sides… We rather try to help to reconciliation”.
Nikolic said that Serbia and Cuba share “similar sense for freedom”.
Raul Castro expressed his pleasure over meeting Nikolic. “We were trying to preserve our country and secure the survival for our people for decades. The reforms are being conducted in the manner which will provide prosperity and better living standard for the Cuban people”, Castro remarked on current developments in his country.
Further promoting of the relations between Serbia and Cuba would be discussed during Serbian President’s official visit to Havana later this month, Nikolic and Castro agreed.
Today, Nikolic also met the head of the Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin. On the eve of the Victory Day manifestations, Nikolic told Yakunin that Serbia in its “struggle for preserving country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty” relies on Russia “just like 70 years ago”. He told Yakunin that “our children and progeny” should inherit “values which have preserved our peoples and our freedom”.
“We are quite aware how difficult the situation in Serbia is, but we will do our best to help because our ancestry have fought together against fascism, for freedom and peace. Tomorrow, we will mark together the great jubilee – 70 years since the victory over fascism and we are glad that we will celebrate it together”, Yakunin underlined.