Serbia is an independent European state that was part of the former Yugoslavia. Its capital is Belgrade. It is an upper-middle-income economy. In the 1990s, Serbia went through a phase of political disorder, including the Kosovo War.
Acclaimed Serbian actor, director, and musician Emir Kusturica told RT that France’s Yellow Vest movement is a “consequence of the corporate world taking over,” and a natural “reaction from the people.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin got a hero’s welcome in Belgrade. The one-day visit to the last holdout against NATO’s ambitions in the Balkans may have been somewhat short on substance, but was certainly loaded with symbolism.
Pasha, a 3-month-old Sarplaninac with a seven-generation family tree, became the fifth canine to be given to Vladimir Putin since he first became president in 2000, but is perhaps the most symbolic furry gift he has ever received.
Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and its partners are planning to increase investments in Serbia, with $500 million likely to be added in the next two years. Current Russian investments in the country total $4 billion.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that he often consults Russian leader Vladimir Putin on different matters and even “demands” advice from him. The two are expected to meet in Belgrade on Thursday.