Russian-Serbian talks 2019-01-17 18:40:00 Belgrade Talks between Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic have been held at the Palace of Serbia government complex. The consultations were preceded by an official welcoming ceremony. The two presidents introduced members of their delegations. Vladimir Putin and Aleksandar Vucic also toured an exhibition, Russian-Serbian Relations in the Documents from the Archive of Serbia for 1804–1918, which shows various materials dating back to those years, including photographs, letters, decrees on the appointment of ambassadors, trade agreements and other exhibits. Earlier that day, the President of Russia and the President of Serbia laid wreaths at the Monument to the Liberators of Belgrade and the Monument to the Soviet Soldiers. The current state and future prospects of Russia-Serbia relations in different areas, including trade and the economy, humanitarian and military-technical areas were discussed at the meeting in a restricted format. Then the talks continued in expanded format. After the consultations, Vladimir Putin presented Alexandar Vucic with a state decoration of the Russian Federation – the Order of Alexander Nevsky – for his major personal contribution to the advancement of multilateral cooperation with Russia. An exchange of documents signed during the Russian President’s official visit to Serbia took place in the presence of the two countries’ leaders. The Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy based on tested and innovative technology and a joint statement on Russian-Serbian strategic partnership for the construction of the Nuclear Research, Technology and Innovation Centre. Other documents have to do with cooperation in the field of social protection; the development of digital technology; the exploration and peaceful use of outer space; joint projects to build and service railway infrastructure in Serbia; cooperation in innovation and technological development; the expansion of the Banatski Dvor underground gas storage facility; and cooperation between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Development Agency of Serbia. The presidents of Russia and Serbia held a joint news conference.