“This year, Serbia and Russia mark a significant date – the 180th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. On February 23, 1838, Serbian Prince Miloš Obrenović received in his residence in Kragujevac the first Russian consul Gerasim Vasilyevich Vashchenko.
This event opened a new page in the multicultural joint history of two truly fraternal nations that unite the same cultural-civilization roots and spiritual kinship. The cooperation of our countries goes beyond the usual frameworks of interstate relations.
As early as the 12th century, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Rastko Nemanjić, settled in the Russian Monastery of St. Panteleimon on the Holy Mountain. In the period of the Mongol invasion, the most difficult for Russia, Serbian rulers have provided help to this sanctuary of Orthodoxy, as well as to many others.” (Translated from Politika)