"Russia and Serbia bound by past, present, future"

BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić on Friday received a delegation of the Russian Federation and said it was "good that the two countries will be bound by the future."

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Nikolić stated during the meeting that "it is good that Serbia and Russia are bound by the present as they are by the past, and will with the constant development of bilateral cooperation, also be bound by the future."

The Russian delegation included Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Coopearion, and Valery Ryazansky, president of the Committee of the Council of the Federation for Social Policy.

Kosachov and Ryazansky informed Nikolić about the completion of restoration works on the Russian Necropolis complex in Belgrade - the resting place of Russian soldiers and officers who died during the liberation of the Serbian capital in WW1. The Russian officials expressed their gratitude for the support of Serbia's public administration for the repair of the memorial site.

Kosachev also said he hoped that the president of Serbia, along with other world leaders, would attend the celebration of the 70th anniversary of WW2 victory over fascism, to be held in Moscow next year.

In October, at the invitation of Nikolić, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to arrive in Belgrade and take part in the marking of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Serbia's capital city, a statement issued by the president's press service noted.