Serbia : Talks About Belgrade-pristina, Serbian-russian Relations in U.S.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on July 16 that he would discuss relations between Belgrade and Pristina and Serbia's relations with Russia at a July 16 meeting with U.S. officials in Washington, where he will stay until July 17. "I see from the announcements that they will be interested in Belgrade's stance on Pristina, and the stance toward Russia.
We will speak about out positions and try to get support for a policy of seriousness, responsibility and problem-solving in the Western Balkans," Vucic said ahead of the meeting in Washington, where he arrived on July 16, the Belgrade media reported. He said that the 2008 torching of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade would be mentioned too, as would the case of U.S. citizens the Bytyqi brothers, slain in Petrovo Selo, in 1999. Upon arriving in Washington, Vucic first met with U.S. National Guard Bureau chief Joseph Lengyel and discussedd cooperation between the Army of Serbia and the U.S. National Guard, the Serbian presidential office announced. Vucic expressed gratitude for the deployment of Ohio National Guard members in Kosovo and Metohija.
The two collocutors stressed the importance of the program of humanitarian assistance within the partnership with the Ohio National Guard, especially in towns like Kraljevo, the press release added. Vucic then met with representatives of the Business Council for International Understanding. Later on July 16, Vucic was scheduled to speak with senators Ron Johnson and Chris Murphy, the chair and co-chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Europe. A meeting with congressmen Ted Poe and Emanuel Cleaver, co-chairs of the Serbian Congressional Caucus, is also planned. Vucic is slated to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on July 17.
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