Mr Medvedev thanked Mr Tadic for the initiative and invitation to jointly open the ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, from Nazi occupation. The ceremonies will take place in October this year. Mr Medvedev said that this glorious event has a worthy place among the memorable dates that marked the stages towards victory in World War II.
The two leaders agreed that the celebrations would be accompanied by substantive talks on all of the different areas in which Russia and Serbia have ties, and on setting the directions for continued development of the two countries’ strategic partnership. The Presidents agreed to give their ministries and agencies the necessary instructions to ensure maximum practical results from the Russian-Serbian summit.
The Presidents expressed their satisfaction with implementation of the agreements on developing energy sector cooperation, reached during Mr Tadic’s visit to Moscow in December, 2008, and also noted the need to speed up implementation of specific projects. Mr Tadic noted in this respect how important Russian investment is for Serbia’s economy.
On the subject of international issues, Mr Medvedev reiterated Russia’s policy of principled support for Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and opposition to Kosovo’s unilateral proclamation of independence, which is an unlawful and unacceptable act.