Serbia expects to sign at least 20 strategic agreements with Russia during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to that country in January 2019, Serbia’s Vecernje Novosti daily reported on Thursday.
According to the paper, the total value of contracts is estimated at several hundred million euros. They include large-scale foreign investment in Serbia’s infrastructure, its energy sector, agriculture, defense industry, education system and tourism, TASS reports.
Special attention will be paid to projects related to the construction of railway corridors, Serbia’s involvement in the Turkish Stream project, supplies of T-72 tanks and air defense systems to Serbia and exports of Serbian products "to the world’s largest country."
The daily stressed that Putin’s visit was of paramount importance for Serbia in resolving the Kosovo issue, since Moscow’s support for Serbia was invaluable.
Earlier reports said that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had held a meeting with Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin. The president was certain that Putin’s upcoming visit to Serbia would be "the most fruitful in terms of the number and content of bilateral agreements."
According to Vucic, of particular importance for Serbia is the implementation of joint projects in the energy sector, infrastructure, innovative technologies and other areas where the two countries closely cooperate with each other. Moreover, the visit will be a sign of respect for the country and evidence of the traditional friendship between the two countries and their peoples’ brotherhood.