Following telephone conversations with Putin, Vucic says Serbia has secured gas deal with Russia

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“Serbia needs larger quantities of gas, but if I may say so, we will have a safe winter, and further talks will determine how much gas will cost us,” he said, adding that the exact price would be determined based on supply and demand. The price of gas that Serbia will receive from Russian energy giant Gazprom is three times lower than what other European nations pay. In winter that price would be 10 to 12 times lower, officials said. Gazprom, directly or through its subsidiaries, is the majority owner of substantial energy assets in Serbia.

Following a phone discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic claims his nation has achieved a “very attractive” deal with Russia for natural gas supply. On May 29, Vucic stated that the three-year agreement will provide Serbia with natural gas at the “lowest price in Europe.” “We’ll sign a three-year deal, and we’ll talk about gas volumes tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” Vucic added.

Highlights

  • Vucic has attempted to straddle a fine line between his hopes of moving the country into the European Union while remaining on solid footing with the Kremlin. In his May 29 talks with Putin, the Serbian president said he discussed the situation in Ukraine and reiterated Belgrade’s position that it is interested in peace as soon as possible. Zelenskiy Fires Kharkiv Security Chief, Accusing Him Of Not Working On City’s Defense. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Kharkiv on May 29, his first trip outside of Kyiv since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

  • The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin told Vucic that an “acceptable solution” would be found for the price of Russian gas for Serbia. While most of Europe has imposed sanctions on Moscow for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Belgrade has rejected such moves to punish its traditional ally, and Vucic has declined to join the widespread global condemnation of Russia’s actions. Serbia depends on Russia almost entirely for its energy supplies. Vucic has said that imposing sanctions against Moscow would be disastrous for Serbia.

European Union negotiators failed to reach a deal on an embargo of Russian oil but will continue attempts to reach an accord before the beginning of an EU summit starting on May 30, an EU official said. Czech Republic, Poland Set New Rounds Of Military Aid To Ukraine. Czech media have reported that T-72 tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, Dana howitzers (pictured), and potentially Soviet-made combat helicopters would be among the supplies provided.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he has fired Kharkiv’s top security services officer for not working hard enough on the city’s defense since the beginning of Russia’s February 24 invasion. EU Fails To Reach Accord On Russian Oil Embargo As Summit Nears. A woman wrapped in a Ukrainian flag addresses protesters in Brussels calling for a boycott of the Russian oil company Lukoil. A woman wrapped in a Ukrainian flag addresses protesters in Brussels calling for a boycott of the Russian oil company Lukoil.

Czech media have reported that T-72 tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, Dana howitzers (pictured), and potentially Soviet-made combat helicopters would be among the supplies provided. The Czech Republic and Poland are sending additional weaponry to Ukraine as it struggles against a renewed Russian offensive in the eastern parts of the country, government officials and local media report. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey plans to launch a cross-border operation against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units. (file photo).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey plans to launch a cross-border operation against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units. (file photo) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is still committed to driving Syrian Kurdish militias out of northern Syria and that Ankara will not wait for permission from the United States before launching any new offensive.

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