The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic, heading the Serbian Assembly’s delegation to the Fifth Session of the Joint Cooperation Commission of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in Moscow on 12 February, met today with the Chairperson of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko.
Gojkovic stressed that the bilateral relations between Serbia and the Russian Federation, based on the declaration on strategic partnership, are amply developed across the board, in line with the two nations’ traditional friendship and cultural and historical closeness.
Gojkovic said that Serbia cultivates its relationship with Russia in all areas and the frequent meetings, not only at the parliamentary level, but between the governments and especially presidents Aleksandar Vucic and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, confirm two countries’ commitment to cooperate and realize all agreements reached.
Gojkovic stressed that the cooperation with the Federation Council and the State Duma, with which the Fifth Session of the Joint Cooperation Commission was held today, is testament to the excellent interparliamentary relations between Serbia and Russia.
Gojkovic thanked Matviyenko for her personal dedication which helped set the foundation for the new era of parliamentary cooperation between the Serbian Assembly and the Russian Federation Council.
Gojkovic thanked the Russian Federation for its continued principled support concerning the non-recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo-Metohija and for respecting Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and the principles of international law. Gojkovic said that Serbia deeply appreciates Russia’s sincere friendship and support in international forums and thanked Russia for never voting against Serbia’s interests. Gojkovic added that Serbia too, which pursues its own independent policies, will never vote against Russia’s interests and has never and will never impose sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Matviyenko said that the relations between Russia and Serbia are at the level of sincere strategic partnership mentioning that last year Serbia was visited by Russia’s highest leadership which is a clear sign of Russia’s wish to expand its cooperation with the brotherly Serbian people.
Matviyenko added that the two leaders of Russia and Serbia, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Aleksandar Vucic, met recently when TurkStream was launched and that Serbia has met all of its obligations under the project which will secure a safe supply of gas to Serbia.
Matviyenko said that she expected the Serbian President to attend the parade in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War Two, when the two presidents would continue their dialogue.
Gojkovic said that at today’s session of the Joint Parliamentary Commission an initiative was launched to form an Institute of Historical Memory to jointly combat the revisionism of history and the role of Soviet and Serbian soldiers in the fight and victory in World War Two, adding that she would ask the support of presidents Vucic and Putin for the parliamentary initiative.
Gojkovic and Matviyenko agreed that the parliaments are ready to intensify and strengthen cooperation of the delegations in international parliamentary organizations such as IPU, PACE, CSTO PA and OSCE PA. Gojkovic thanked the Chairperson of the Russian Federation Council for the participation in the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrade in October 2019, which confirmed the importance of parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation of parliaments across the globe, and Matviyenko congratulated the Speaker on the successfully organized session in Belgrade.