23 April 2018 The MPs and the Russian delegation
Monday, 23 April 2018
Prof. Dr Vladimir Marinkovic Meets with Russian Delegation
A group of MPs headed by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Prof. Dr Vladimir Marinkovic met with a delegation of the Russian State Duma to discuss interparliamentary cooperation and support for Serbia’s efforts to preserve its cultural and historic monuments in Kosovo-Metohija through the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called.
Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin, Chairman of the Committee of Trustees of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called, said that the centuries-long friendship and the feeling of respect and brotherly love between the two nations has to be cultivated and shared with the younger generations. Yakunin spoke about the successful business dealings with the Republic of Serbia in the past 20 years, adding that history must not be forgotten, especially not the Orthodox heritage in Kosovo-Metohija and the victims who died protecting it.
The officials agreed that the traditional friendship, cultural, historical, linguistic, religious and Slavic closeness should be bolstered by economic cooperation, as well as cooperation in the fields of foreign trade, defence, internal affairs, education, science, technology, sports and the media.
MPs Dragomir Karic, Milovan Drecun and Prof. Dr Ljubisa Stojmirovic who took part in the meeting stressed that Russia’s support of Serbia is extremely important as evidenced through history on many an occasion and Russia can consider Serbia a trusted partner.
The Russian delegation also comprised Sergey Anatolyevich Gavrilov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Development of Civil Society and the Issues of Public and Religious Associations, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Babakov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee, Vladimir Viktorovich Bushuyev Director of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called, and Anna Nikolaevna Safronova, Strategic Development Manager of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called.