Vucic awarded the prestigious 'Order of Alexander Nevsky' by Putin

Vucic awarded the prestigious 'Order of Alexander Nevsky' by Putin

Aleksandar Vucic, the President of Serbia has been awarded by his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin the prestigious order of merit of the Russian Federation, the 'Order of Alexander Nevsky', according to Vecernje novosti daily.

Among the few Serbs, so far, who have been awarded the 'Order of Alexander Nevsky' were Nikola Pasic, prime minister during the First World War, Milan the King of Serbia and Aleksandar Karadjordjevic King of Yugoslavia.

At the same time, preparations for Putin's visit to Serbia are under way. Vucic and the Russian ambassador Alexander Chepurin, met today to discuss the visit as well as bilateral co-operation between Belgrade and Moscow, especially in the domain of economy, according to the press release of the Serbian presidency.

It is expected that the upcoming intergovernmental committee session will give a new, significant impetus to bilateral trade and economic progress of both Serbia and Russia, Vucic and Chepurin underlined.

The president and the Russian ambassador discussed the "next steps" with regard to Putin's visit to Serbia, which is scheduled for January 2019. The last time Putin visited Serbia was in 2014.

Vucic told Chepurin that Serbia will be "extraordinarily honoured" to have the Russian head of state as its guest again.

According to Vucic, the visit will once more showcase Putin's "expressed respect" for Serbia and would enhance "traditional friendship among the two countries and the brotherhood shared by the two peoples".

During his meeting with Chepurin, the Serbian leader praised his counterpart for conducting pension reforms in Russia, saying that "they will benefit the Russian state and the people massively in the future".... / IBNA

Main Photo (File): Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Aleksandar Vucic

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