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VIDEO Putin crossed Belgrade in his new limousine, President Vucici



Vucici personally met Putin on Nikola Tesla's airliner, and the two leaders shook hands. The Russian president invited his Serbian counterpart to his car, with which they went to the memorial of Soviet soldiers in Belgrade.

Last year the Kremlin replaced the Senate limousine limousine with Aurus. The car was first used in public on May 7th. Undoubtedly the head of the Kremlin was also the officer with the black case containing the nuclear weapons codes of Russia.

The Serbs received him as a superstar, reports AFP. "Welcome, dear dear President Putin, dear friend", you could read about the huge panels installed on the road between the airport and the presidential palace, pretending a triumphal reception prepared by the Serbian authorities that sent three MIG-29 planes to escort the Russian Presidency airplane at the entrance of the airspace.

Several tens of thousands of Serbs took part in a welcome march shortly before a joint press conference with counterpart Aleksandr Vucici, who received the guest at the airport.
The sculpture extended to the church of San Sava, one of the most important Orthodox churches in the world, whose renovation was partly financed by the gas giant Gazprom, where the Russian preambles were hailed.

Despite aspiring to join the European Union (EU), Belgrade refuses to associate itself with international sanctions imposed on Russia after the annexation of Crimea.

Apart from the historical attachment to the "great orthodox Slavic brother", this approach is the consequence of Moscow's support for Kosovo, to which the Serbs do not accept its independence.

The Russian veto excludes any UN membership in this former province, on which Serbia lost control after a NATO bombing campaign in 1999. "Kosovo is Serbia, Crimea is Russia", can sometimes be read in the streets Serbian.

Recognizing the visitor's popularity and confronting a series of demonstrations of opposition, Alensandr Vucici evoked a very close relationship with his guest on Monday at Pink TV (proguvernamental). "When I was there, to give him an icon, he received me at 10.45pm, I was alone and he played the piano."

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Serbia, accompanied by an important delegation, to strengthen cooperation with a country that wishes to join the European Union, remaining a close ally of Moscow.

Before the visit, Putin accused some Western countries of "destabilizing" the Balkans by supporting the secession of Kosovo and attracting Montenegro and Macedonia to NATO. In Belgrade, security has been strengthened. MIG hunters escorted the Russian leader's plane, 7,000 policemen were deployed in the city, and residents were advised not to go to the balconies to see the presidential convoy.

According to the BBC, the measures follow large-scale demonstrations against President Aleksandar Vučici and his ruling party, accused of blocking freedom of the press and attacking the opposition.

The day before Putin arrived in Belgrade, the Serbian authorities announced they had thwarted a possible attack against Vladimir Putin, according to the Daily Mail, citing the Belgrade press.

Armin Alibašić, 21, suspected of belonging to the terrorist group The Islamic state was arrested on Wednesday near Novi Pazar. At the time of the arrest, the young man suspected of preparing an assault on the Russian president had a backpack on him, in which he had been found a sniper rifle.

In search of his apartment, an entire arsenal and components for the manufacture of artillery bombs were found, according to various sources in the Serbian media. Also, in his house were found the flag of the terrorist group "Islamic State" and propaganda material.

"We do not exclude the fact that Alibašić intended to detonate a bomb on the arrival of Putin," a Serb official said Monday, under the protection of anonymity.

In the Serbian press, Putin denounced Tuesday the desire to dominate the Western Balkans, "an important destabilization factor".

Maxim Samorukov, an analyst in Russia at the Carnegie International Policy Reflection Center, believes that Putin's visit is more important to Serbia. "The Balkans as such are of little importance" in the eyes of Moscow and are not "a priority of Russian foreign policy," he says.

Putin comes to show that there is "a Russian influence in all corners of the globe", but "Russia will not fight to maintain" an important role in Blacani, he believes.

The Russian-Serbian relationship "is emotional rather than rational," said a Serbian economic analyst, Biljana Stepanovic, in Belgrade.

According to a December 2017 study by the Serbian government, a quarter of the population (24%) designates Russia as the country's largest donor, an identical proportion that states that it is the European Union.

Or 75% of donations come from the EU or member states and Russia is among the top nine in the league table.

In terms of direct investment and trade, the percentage is still in favor of Europe.

But Moscow has a winning card. Serbia imports two thirds of its natural gas and oil from Russia. And the Russian giant Gazprom is the owner of the Serbian oil company NIS.


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