Putin says Russia will offer good gas deal to Serbia
AP Nov 25, 2021 12 days ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic shake hands during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pose during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speak during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow would continue providing natural gas to Serbia on terms favorable to its ally.
Subscribe Now to Breaking News
Putin voiced confidence that a new contract for gas supplies to Serbia would be signed quickly to replace the current one that expires at year-end.
“We will find a solution that would definitely be acceptable to our Serbian friends,” Putin said at the start of talks at his Black Sea residence in Sochi with visiting Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic,
Putin also noted that Russia would continue to staunchly support Serbia amid recent tensions with Kosovo.
“We support your position on the Kosovo settlement, and I hope that the situation will eventually evolve in a way that would conform to the interests of all people living in the region,” he said.
Kosovo was a Serb province until a 1998-1999 insurrection by ethnic Albanian rebels sparked a bloody Serbian crackdown. That pushed NATO to carry out a 78-day bombing campaign to force Serbian troops out of Kosovo. The war left more than 10,000 people dead. Kosovo declared independence in 2008, but Serbia hasn’t recognized it. Kosovo-Serbia ties remain tense despite a European Union-facilitated dialogue over the past decade to normalize them.
Vucic hailed close ties between Serbia and Russia and particularly noted a high level in defense cooperation.
"Billy Idol - White Wedding" now playing on The Eagle, the Riverbend's only Classic Rock station. Check out Riverbender Radio Today and Listen to Win!
Although formally seeking EU membership, Serbia has refused to align its foreign policies with the 27-nation bloc and has instead strengthened its alliance with Russia and China.
Get breaking news, sports, obits, shop local deals, weather forecasts, classifieds, video and more delivered directly to your email inbox.
We want to hear from you. Provide your thoughts and comments below.
Did you know Riverbender.com is free for you thanks to our awesome advertisers? We noticed you're using an ad block software. Help us spread the word and give our sponsors some exposure by disabling your ad blocking service for Riverbender.com.