MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday expressed hope that people who devote significant attention to the development of Russia-Serbia relations will be given a worthy place in the new Serbian government, irrespective of its composition, the RIA Novosti agency reported.

Your party has won a landslide victory – in addition, your allies have won the required number of seats. I know that a government will be formed in the near future. I would like to express the hope that, irrespective of the composition of the future Serbian government, people who devote significant attention to the development of the relations between Russia and Serbia will occupy a worthy place in it, Putin said after meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow.

We will continue to work with you to strengthen interstate relations and build our relations in the sphere of political cooperation, in the economy and in the international arena. We are very glad that that you have won and I congratulate you, Putin told Vucic.

Vucic said that his cabinet will do its best to develop relations with Russia.

Relations with the Russian Federation mean very much to us – also, we particularly value your personal contribution to the development of the relations between our countries and strengthening of relations in all areas, Vucic said, adding that the new Serbian government will be formed by mid-June.

The Serbian government said in a statement earlier in the day that Vucic met with Putin to discuss all major issues and further improvement of political and economic relations between Serbia and Russia.