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BELGRADE, 30 October 2017 (Beta) - At an Oct. 30 meeting in Belgrade, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic thanked the Bulgarian speaker, Dimitar Glavchev, for his country's committment to continuing the enlargement of the European Union (EU), which would be one of Bulgaria's priorities while chairing the European Council in the first half of 2018. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release that the Serbian minister and the Bulgarian speaker agreed to develop bilateral cooperation, economic, energy and infrastructure ties in particular. In this context, the two officials discussed the completion of the eastern route of Corridor X, the modernization of the Nis-Dimitrovgrad railway, and a gas inter-connector to link Serbia and Bulgaria. Glavchev and Dacic were pleased with the good relations between Serbia and Bulgaria, and with the dynamic political dialogue the two had maintained lately. The two officials were also pleased with the good cooperation between the two parliaments, contributing to overall bilateral relations, the ministry released.


BELGRADE, 30 October 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin met on Oct. 30 with Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin, who told him that Russia supported Serbia's current policy on Kosovo and Metohija and its relations with Republika Srpska. A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense said that Chepurin had confirmed the continuation of military and technical aid in accordance with an agreement between Serbian and Russian presidents Aleksandar Vucic and Vladimir Putin. Vulin voiced his thanks for "Russia's support in achieving Serbia's foreign policy goals and priorities, and especially the consistent support and validation of Serbia's policy of military neutrality." The statement said that Vulin had asked the ambassador to convey his gratitude to Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu for his personal contribution to developing bilateral cooperation in the area of defense. Chepurin conveyed to Vulin Shoigu's thanks for the hospitality and high level of organization and celebration of the 73rd anniversary of Belgrade's liberation in WWII, as well as the demonstration of the operative capabilities of the Serbian army on Oct. 20 this year.


BELGRADE, 30 October 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of the Environment Goran Trivan met on Oct. 30 with the Czech ambassador to Serbia, Ivana Hlavsova, who said that her state strongly supported Serbia on its path to the European Union (EU). "Serbia is now facing problems that are very similar to those the Czech Republic had to deal with, which means that we can help you resolve those that are still to come," the ambassador was quoted as saying in a release by the Ministry of the Environment. Ambassador Hlavsova said that Serbia had a lot to do within Chapter 27 on the environment, but that the environment mattered not only in Serbia's EU accession, but also for the lives of all its citizens. "We want to talk with anyone ahead of Serbia in the EU integration process. The environment is important not only for Serbia and its people, but for all the citizens of Serbia, including the Czechs in Serbia," Minister Trivan said. The minister and the ambassador discussed a series of projects run jointly by the two states, including a water supply project in the Bela Crkva municipality, a waste water treatment facility in Kruscice, and a water purification plant in Valjevo. Minister Trivan said that cooperation with the Czech Republic should exceed a formal framework, and be substantial and practical.


BELGRADE, 30 October 2017 (Beta) - Bulgarian Parliamentary Speaker Dimitar Glavcev said in Belgrade on Oct. 30 that Bulgaria strongly supported Serbia's European road and that EU expansion in the western Balkans would be one of the priorities of the Bulgarian EU chairmanship. "Bulgaria supports Serbia's European integration. We are confident that pro-European politicians will vigorously wrap up reforms and that the country will meet all of the conditions. Bulgaria expects Serbia in the EU, in our family that respects differences and leaves prejudice and hate speech in the past," Glavcev said in an address to Serbian MPs. He said that the motto of the Bulgarian EU chairmanship would be "Unification is strength." He said that the Bulgarian people were happy that the Serbian people had chosen the European road to development and that "it was choosing pro-European politicians in every election." Glavcev also said that Bulgaria had invested a lot of effort in preparing for the EU chair, and that it had managed to convince its European partners to place enlargement on the EU's agenda.


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