Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow will continue to provide Serbia with natural gas on conditions favorable to its allies.
SOCHI, Russia-Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow will continue to provide Serbia with natural gas on conditions that are beneficial to its allies.
Putin expressed confidence that he will quickly sign a new contract for the supply of natural gas to Serbia to replace the current contract that expires at the end of the year.
“We will find a solution that is absolutely acceptable to our Serbian friends,” Putin said at the beginning of talks with visiting Serbian President Alexander Vucic at the Black Sea residence in Sochi.
Putin also pointed out that in the recent tension with Kosovo, Russia will continue to firmly support Serbia.
“We support your position on Kosovo settlements, and I hope that the situation will eventually develop in a way that is in the interest of all people in the region,” he said.
Kosovo is a Serbian province until the rebellion of Albanian rebels in 1998-1999 triggered bloody suppression in Serbia. This prompted NATO to launch a 78-day bombing operation that forced the Serbian army to withdraw from Kosovo. The war killed more than 10,000 people. Kosovo declared independence in 2008, but Serbia has not yet recognized it. Although the European Union has facilitated dialogue to normalize it in the past decade, relations between Kosovo and Serbia remain tense.
Vucic praised the close relations between Cyprus and Russia, and particularly pointed out the high level of defense cooperation.
Despite formally seeking to join the European Union, Serbia refused to align its foreign policy with the G-27, but instead strengthened its alliances with Russia and China.