BELGRADE – Debate as to whether Putin will come to Serbia

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (L) at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, 23 June 2020. . [EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK /KREMLIN POOL]

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be coming to Belgrade in October, although President Aleksandar Vučić announced the visit in June, following their meeting in Moscow, the Danas daily reported on Thursday. Reasons involve Belgrade’s foreign policy trends.

Citing unofficial sources from diplomatic circles, Danas reported that Moscow has not disclosed the reasons why Putin had changed his mind and decided against coming to Serbia, but that “the Russians are definitely unhappy with Serbia’s recent rapprochement with the US when it comes to foreign policy.”

Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko dismissed the report, calling it “incredible”. “It has nothing to do with reality and is an utter and irresponsible concoction,” he added. The ambassador posted on Twitter that the presidents of Serbia and Russia “are in constant and contentful contact and they always coordinate their moves together.” (EURACTIV.rs  betabriefing.com)

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