“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic congratulated President Vladimir Putin on Monday for re-election to the head of the Russian state.

‘I would like to send sincere congratulations for the re-election of the President of the Russian Federation, with the best wishes to continue steadfastly leading your country with a firmly grounded way of progress, for the benefit of all its citizens. I am confident that you will continue to achieve success in resolving all important issues for Russia as well as in fulfilling plans for its further comprehensive development, with a clear vision and strong will, as well as responsibility and dedication in the work,’ said Vucic in congratulations.

Serbia is a true friend and reliable partner of Russia, and you can rely on our contribution to the deepening of cooperation, as well as the commitment to joint projects, said Vučić, adding that he is confident that, with each other’s understanding, we will create better conditions for the generations to come.

‘I am very grateful for your personal contribution to strengthening the traditional and genuine friendship of our two countries, as well as defending the state interests of Serbia, which is reflected in the support of the United Nations, as well as in all other international organizations in which Serbia protects its integrity, reputation and freedom tradition,’ said Vucic.” (translated from Vecernje Novosti)

“The Serbian dinar is the second best performing currency in the world in the last 12 months which is, among other things, contributed to the fact that last month Serbian currency recorded the highest appreciation against euro in three years – Bloomberg reports.

The National Bank of Serbia surprised with its third unexpected interest-rate cut in eight months on, a further reason for investor optimism over local-currency bonds that have outperformed all of their regional peers this year.

 Bloomberg also says that ‘Serbia is going against the tide of a gradual shift toward policy tightening across most of Europe since it has little need for rate hikes any time soon, with inflation slowing to the bottom of the central bank’s target range in February and continued appreciation in the dinar.'” (translated fromPolitika)

“Kosovo’s ombudsman has urged the government to issue residence papers for ethnic Albanians who have been displaced from neighboring Serbia for ‘security, social or economic reasons.’

A report from the people’s advocate said Friday that since 2001, some 3,500 ethnic Albanians from Presevo, Medveda and Bujanovac in southern Serbia have come to Kosovo, but they have no legal status in Kosovo or rights to employment, education or other benefits.

They cannot get any documents from Serbia now because of a 2011 law in which authorities are able to wipe their names out of local registry logs.” (ABC News)