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4 points of agreement between Vucic and Putin (Vecernje Novosti)

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Belgrade based daily Vecernje Novosti writes that, according to their knowledge, the most important points of future relations between Serbia and Russia have been clarified.

The daily quote the following points:

* Russia will firmly represent Belgrade’s positions regarding the final status of Kosovo

* Moscow, as a manufacturer, has generally agreed that Serbia can negotiate with the Belarusians about the purchase of the S-300 PVO system

* Serbia is officially invited to participate in the project “Turkish Stream” by which it would provide energy security

* Serbia has committed to further keep the side of Russia in the international arena, thereby protecting and its interests, which means that it will not impose sanctions on Moscow.

Novosti writes that Vucic, with this capital “baggage”, returns to Belgrade, determined to keep the course of an independent Serbia that independently decides about its future.

Faced with the Pristina’s desire to bring Americans at the negotiating table, the president of Serbia directly asked Putin if Russia could be a mediator in the event of expanding the format of the Kosovo dialogue, writes Novosti.

Political analyst Dejan Vuk Stankovic told Tanjug yesterday that it is possible that the “inviting” of Russia affects the Kosovo party slowly but indisputably to fulfil its obligations.

-It has never been disputed that Russia will accept any solution to the Kosovo crisis that Serbia accepts. There is a question of different modalities of these solutions, Vuk Stankovic told Tanjug.

He also estimates that at this moment the new format is not on the agenda yet, but if the EU support to the Brussels agreement remains “pale”, and “none” by the official Pristina, he thinks that on the agenda soon will come and this topic of the new dialogue format.

Analyst Dusan Janjic told N1 that it is unlikely that Russia would engage in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. He believes that Russia has much more powerful weapon for Kosovo, and that is a veto in the UN Security Council.

-Placing this in the context of the presence as an observer, in the process of dialogue, is not something that will delight Moscow. Russia will not enter this process because it reduces their manoeuvring space, Janjic says for N1.

He believes that Russia will hold the position on a high balcony, from where they will see when they will agree with the US and the EU, and when will agree to replace the veto with another decision.

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