Serbia's Vucic says agreed 3-year gas supply contract with Putin

29/5/2022 3:20:00 PM

Vucic said he had also discussed with Putin expansion of gas storage space in the Balkan country.

Vucic said he had also discussed with Putin expansion of gas storage space in the Balkan country.

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday he had agreed a new three-year gas supply contract in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I can not speak about the price now, all details will be agreed with Gazprom," Vucic told reporters.The two European leaders, in a joint call, also urged Putin to accept a direct exchange with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the palace said.A (May 28): Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of France and Germany in a phone call on Saturday (May 28) that Russia is willing to discuss ways to make it possible for Ukraine to resume shipments of grain from Black Sea ports, the Kremlin said.for the latest news you need to know.

Vucic said that Serbia he had agreed with Putin that the price of gas would be linked to the oil price, but did not elaborate.Serbia's 10-year gas supply contract with Gazprom expires on May 31.Macron and Scholz also insisted on the urgency of lifting the Russian blockade of the port of Odesa to allow Ukrainian grain exports, the palace said.Vucic also said that he had discussed with Putin expansion of gas storage space in the Balkan country.It said Putin had also informed French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that Russia is ready to increase its export of fertilisers and agricultural products if sanctions against the country are lifted — a demand Putin had raised in conversations with the Italian and Austrian leaders in recent days."Putin said to call him if I feel there is anything more to be discussed," said Vucic, Putin's closest ally in Europe.Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb.Serbia, which aims to join the European Union, has come under pressure recently from Western countries to align its foreign policy with the bloc and impose sanctions on Russia.Ukraine and Western countries have accused Russia of weaponising the food crisis created by its invasion of Ukraine, which has sent the prices of grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertiliser soaring.

In 2008 the Balkan country put its gas and oil sectors in the hands of Russian companies.Ukraine and Western nations have dismissed this as a baseless pretext for war.The Kremlin also said that according to Putin, Russia is willing to resume talks with Ukraine.Gazprom Neft and Gazprom together hold a majority stake in the country's sole oil company while Gazprom is majority shareholder in the country's sole gas storage facility.(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise) Article type: metered.

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