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DAILY SURVEY 04.04.2018.
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SERBIA

DACIC, SZIJJARTO DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES, REGIONAL SITUATION

BELGRADE, 3 April 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian and Hungarian foreign ministers, Ivica Dacic and Peter Szijjarto, opened a new Rastina-Bacsszentgyorgy border crossing on April 3, and the event included a separate ministerial meeting for Dacic and Szijjarto to discuss possible directions of bilateral cooperation. The two foreign ministers agreed that the new border crossing would contribute to closer economic links between Serbia and Hungary, as well as their citizens, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. The ministry went on to say in a press release that Dacic and Szijjarto had also exchanged opinions on regional and global situations.

VUCIC, DODIK: SERBIA TO GIVE RS EUR5 MILLION AS AID

BELGRADE, 3 April 2018 (Beta) - In Belgrade on April 3 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia would help municipalities in Republika Srpska with a total of EUR5 million, which was lauded by RS President Milorad Dodik, who said that the measure was an example of special relations between Serbia and RS. At a joint news conference with Dodik after their meeting in the Serbian Presidency, Vucic said that the EUR5 million in aid had been earmarked for Prijedor, Novi Grad, Mrkonjic Grad, Bratunac, Sokolac, Novo Gorazde, Trebinje and other towns, adding that the matter had been discussed with the prime ministers of Serbia and RS, Ana Brnabic and Zeljka Cvijanovic. He stressed that Serbia was helping five municipalities in which Dodik's party was not in power, but rather the opposition, which showed, he said, that Serbia cared about all citizens. Vucic said that Serbia had allocated EUR500,000 for the renewal of Orthodox churches in the Muslim-Croat Federation and an additional EUR500,000 or BAM1 million for a program of self-employment and programs for encouraging youth employment and launching businesses. Vucic thanked the RS president for offering support for the territorial integrity of Serbia and informed him of the latest events in Kosovska Mitrovica, as well as of the ideas that different social factors in Serbia had produced during an internal dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija. The Serbian president announced that he would visit Mostar and Trebinje next week, where he would tour a kindergarten being built thanks to the funds secured by Serbia. He added that his visit to Trebinje would be an opportunity to see how Serbia could help develop that part of Herzegovina in the future.

VUCIC: FROM APRIL 10-20 I WILL LEAD SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TALKS ON KOSOVO IN EUROPE, WORLD

BELGRADE, 3 April 2018 (Beta) - On April 3 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he would conduct some of the most important talks on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija in Europe and internationally from April 10-20. After meeting with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik in Belgrade he said that he could not publicly speak about that, but added that he did not expect "very good news for Serbia" as a result of these talks. "We are not in an easy situation not because Ana Brnabic's cabinet or anyone in this generation is to blame, we'd made many mistakes in the meantime, many objective circumstances did not favor us, but we are left with defending our country from everyone," Vucic told a news conference in the Serbian Presidency.

VUCIC THANKS BURUNDI FOR REVOKING DECISION TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO

BELGRADE, 3 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic thanked Burundi on April 3 for having withdrawn a decision to recognize Kosovo's independence, the Serbian presidency said in a press release. At a meeting with Burundi's Foreign Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe, Vucic handed over to the minister a letter for President Pierre Nkurunziza, inviting his counterpart to visit Serbia. Minister Nyamitwe said that the Burundian president had issued an instruction to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo's independence, reiterating Burundi's support to the territorial integrity of Serbia. Burundi's foreign minister said that the decision was made after all the circumstances had been considered, including the U.N. resolutions and a friendly relationship between Burundi and the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Serbian president and the Burundian foreign minister agreed that great opportunities existed for the development of cooperation in trade, defense, mining, public finance, education, culture and sports. President Vucic announced that Serbia would soon open a diplomatic office in Bujumbura.

DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS SERBIA WILL BUY NEW CHOPPERS FROM RUSSIA

BELGRADE, 3 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that at an April 3 meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, he had started talks on a new military shipment from Russia, including four Mi-17 transport helicopters and four Mi-35 attack choppers, the Serbian Ministry of Defense reported. "We are continuing military and technical cooperation by equipping and modernizing MiG-29 jet fighters, T-72 tanks, infantry armored vehicles and certain types of anti-aircraft weapons. An armed Serbia is a peace-loving Serbia and a guarantor of peace in the Balkans," Vulin said at the beginning of his visit to Russia on April 3, where he is attending the Moscow Conference on International Security. Minister Vulin said that he had conveyed to his hosts Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's message that "as long as he's at the helm of the state, Serbia is not going to take part in sanctions against Russia and in anti-Russian hysteria." "What Serbia knows better than anyone else is how hurtful lies and being tried by politicians without a single piece of evidence can be. We are not going to take part in that, and that's our answer. Everything in the world can change except for our brotherly and friendly relations," Vulin said. The defense minister underlined again that Serbia was grateful to Russia for its position on Kosovo and support to not only the territorial integrity of Serbia, "but also in all important foreign policy matters." "Russia is always by Serbia's side, it understands and respects our interests, understands completely and supports our neutral military status," Vulin said. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said the meetings with his Serbian counterpart "have already become a tradition." "It is with joy that I remember the celebrations marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade. It was a very important event for me, and yet another confirmation of brotherly relations between the two states," Shoygu said. Vulin has also met with the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Yuri Khachaturov, who said that his organization supported Serbia's neutral military status.

STEFANOVIC, BURUNDIAN MINISTER ON IMPROVING BILATERAL COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 3 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met in Belgrade on April 3 with Burundi's Foreign Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe to discuss improving cooperation between the two countries. According to a statement released by the Serbian Interior Ministry, the ministers considered possibilities for educating police officials from Burundi at the Belgrade Criminal Police Academy, which, they agreed, would improve cooperation between the two police forces. Nyamitwe handed Stefanovic an invitation from Burundian minister of public security to visit the country and agree on steps for further cooperation.

STEFANOVIC, CHEPURIN ON EXCHANGING EXPERIENCES BETWEEN SERBIAN, RUSSIAN POLICE

BELGRADE, 3 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met on April 3 with Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin to discuss realizing training and holding courses through which Serbian and Russian police would exchange experiences, a statement issued after the meeting said. The participants of the meeting stated that there was good cooperation between Serbia and Russia, but that there was room for improvement. Stefanovic and Chepurin said they were happy with cooperation between Serbia and Russia in the fight against terrorism, organized crime, drug and human trafficking.

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