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DAILY SURVEY 29.06.2018.
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BELGRADE, 28 June 2018 (Beta) - The foreign ministers of Russia and Serbia, Sergey Lavrov and Ivica Dacic, talked in Moscow on June 28 about bilateral cooperation, development of relations in all fields and mutual support in international organizations. Dacic and Lavrov concurred that the level of trust and high frequency of Russian-Serbian contacts showed that relations between the two countries were developing continuously and productively, the Serbian Foreign Ministry has stated. At the end of the meeting, Lavrov gave the Serbian foreign minister a jersey of the Russian national football team, with the number 10 and Dacic's name. The Serbian minister thanked him for the present and wished the Russian national team success in the World Cup. Dacic also expressed thanks for Russia's firm and consistent support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia.
Dacic also met with the Russian deputy prime minister and co-chairman of the Serbia-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Yury Borisov, and discussed the development of economic cooperation, cooperation in energy, agriculture and joint projects in the sphere of economy. Dacic and Borisov said they were pleased with the quality of political dialogue and bilateral cooperation in all segments, and with cooperation and mutual support within international organizations. The two officials also said they were glad to recollect that Serbia and Russia established diplomatic relations 180 years ago.


KRUSEVAC, 28 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Labor Minister Zoran Djordjevic laid a wreath at the Monument of the Heroes of Kosovo in Krusevac on June 28, saying that the Battle of Kosovo, which took place on St. Vitus Day, June 28, in 1389, was a symbol of the fight for freedom, against occupation and those who wished to rob the Serbian people of what was theirs. Minister Djordjevic, as the envoy of the Serbian president, headed the state ceremony of wreath laying to mark 629 years since the Battle of Kosovo. "St. Vitus Day is a great day for Serbia. This day has great significance for Serbia and for our history. The Battle of Kosovo took place on this date; that is a symbol of our fight for freedom, against occupation and those who wish to rob us of what belongs to the Serbian people, its culture and heritage," Djordjevic stated. The Serbian government, the ministry and the Committee on the Preservation of Tradition, he added, will attempt for these and similar events to be marked appropriately in the future, in order to preserve the memory of all victims who fell for the freedom of Serbia. The organizers of the memorial ceremony are the Serbian government's Committee on the Preservation of Tradition of Serbia's liberation wars and the City of Krusevac. The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, officiated in the memorial service at the Monument of the Heroes of Kosovo. City representatives laid wreaths and flowers at several memorial sites in the city during the morning. The Monument of Princess Milica, placed in Despot Stefan Square, not far from the Lazarev Grad (Lazar's City) archaeology park, was unveiled on the occasion of St. Vitus Day, which Krusevac also marks as its day.


BELGRADE, 28 June 2018 (Beta) - European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos has said that EU has no plans to create reception centers for migrants in Serbia. In an interview with the Politika newspaper, Avramopoulos said that creating migrant centers in Africa or on European soil, outside of the EU, had not been discussed with either African countries or the countries of the Western Balkans. When asked whether there was a plan for the EU to base said centers in Serbia, Avramopoulos said "no, not at all." Let me say that the region of the Western Balkans is one of the EU's strongest partners in solving the question of irregular migrations. Our cooperation hitherto, politically but operatively as well, has produced results on all levels. Serbia has played and will continue to play a very important role in these efforts, Avramopoulos said. The European commissioner said that at the height of the migrant crisis the EU had secured EUR107.4 million in aid to Western Balkan countries which faced the pressure of migration. Serbia is an important user of this financial, but political and operative support as well, Avramopoulos said. He said that in 2007 the Western Balkans were allocated support regarding migration worth EUR208.6 million for improving border control and conditions for receiving asylum seekers and harmonizing with EU standards, as well as for protecting migrants and refugees in the region.


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