Moscow unaware of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić’s visit to Washington

Moscow only subsequently learned about the details of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić’s visit to Washington, which caused surprise among Russia’s leadership, Moscow daily Kommersant reported on 8 September.

“The signing of the item on Kosovo and Israel agreeing to mutually recognise each other in Vučić’s presence essentially legitimises Pristina’s aspiration to self-determination. The Russian authorities have, apparently, been warning the Serbian president of the consequences of certain items contained in the Washington agreement,” according to Kommersant.

“Belgrade did not inform Moscow about all the items that had been entered into the agreement, including those on moving the Serbian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, designating Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organisation and prohibiting the use of Chinese technologies,” Kommersant reported, citing soruces from the Russian state administration.

President Vučić informed Moscow about the results of his visit to Washington, but only after Maria Zakharova, the information and press department director at Russia’s foreign ministry, wrote a “sarcastic” post on social media, Kommersant wrote.

On Facebook, Zakharova posted a shot from the 1992 film Basic instinct, showing Sharon Stone crossing her legs during an interrogation and compared it to a photo of 4 September in which Vučić is sitting in front of US President Donald Trump. (

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