“The Russian ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin has conveyed a message of the Russian president Vladimir Putin to his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, suggesting he could visit Serbia in January 2019. Vucic had invited Putin to Belgrade during his latest visit to Moscow, earlier this month.

At the meeting with Chepurin today, Vucic underlined that ‘it is an extraordinary honour for Serbia to have Vladimir Putin as its guest again.’

Putin has visited Serbia only once so far, in October 2014.

“Belgrade will demonstrate how generous its hospitality is”, Vucic told the Russian ambassador, according to the presidential cabinet’s press release.” (IBNA)

“Serbia and Kosovo have been talking about a grand bargain to defuse lingering ethnic conflicts. Critics have been quick to weigh in. Some argue that the risks are simply too substantial for the international community to entertain the idea of “border adjustments,” or territorial exchanges, involving Serb-populated territories in northern Kosovo and Albanian-populated territories in southern Serbia, which is being subtly pushed by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his Kosovar counterpart, Hashim Thaci.” (Washington Post)

“Representatives of the provisional authorities in Pristina have been told stop talking about Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medvedja and keep away from central Serbia.

Brnabic also pointed out on Friday that ‘we should talk about whether we can come to a compromise that would ensure a long-term normalizalation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.’

This was the prime minister’s response to Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s assertion that he received the support of French President Emmanuel Macron for Belgrade and Pristina to ‘as soon as possible they reached a binding agreement with a real possibility of border correction, which involves the merger of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac to the territory of Kosovo.’

‘I plead with them to stop talking about Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja because that has nothing to do with real life, and please lets not go further in the territory of central Serbia,’ Brnabic said.” (B92)