#FactOfTheDay 17/01/2019 – Putin meets Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic

#FactOfTheDay 17/01/2019 – Putin meets Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic

On Thursday 17 January, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Serbia along with government ministers and the heads of Russia’s space and nuclear organisations. In a context of civil protests against the Serbian President and his ruling party, this meeting aims to cement the alliance between the two countries.

The presidents will meet in the Church of St Sava which is the biggest Orthodox church in Serbia. Reinforcing Serbia’s ties with Moscow while picking this particular place conveys the importance of the Slavic and Orthodox character of the country, which appeals to the main supporters of President Vucic. It is also probably aimed to remind the European Union to stick to the country’s accession target, seeing that Serbia can find such a powerful ally in Russia if the membership doesn’t go through.

Prior to his visit, Putin said that « the US and some other Western countries » were « destabilizing » the Balkans, arguing that including Montenegro into NATO and trying to do so with Kosovo as well is a way to assert dominance in the region. Visiting Belgrade and reminding the centuries of close bonds between Serbia and Russia allows Putin to send a message to the West, especially when it it is reported that 21 deals between both countries are to be signed, including on energy and defense.

Güray Serbest

For further information:

BBC Website: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46892363

Güray Serbest

Citoyen belge basé à Bruxelles, j’ai rejoint EU Logos-Athéna en octobre 2018 en tant que Communication Officer. Auparavant, j’ai effectué un stage chez Transparency International comme EU Policy Analyst. Mon parcours académique inclut un bachelier en commerce extérieur obtenu à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales ainsi qu’un bachelier en sciences politiques de l’Université Saint-Louis à Bruxelles. J’ai ensuite complété mes études avec un Master en études européennes à l’Université Catholique de Louvain à Louvain-la-Neuve. En renforçant mes connaissances en affaires européennes, je me suis spécialisé dans la gouvernance et les sociétés européennes. Je suis francophone et parle aussi couramment l’anglais et le turc. Je possède également des connaissances de base en néerlandais.

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