Russia is interested in opening “an economic zone” in Belgrade, that would incorporate a center for the sale of its new passenger planes MC-21s. Vecernje Novosti reported this on Tuesday.
The idea, according to sources, was disclosed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin during his recent meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.
They discussed the delivery of six MIG-29 warplanes along with “tanks, transport planes and combat vehicles” from Russia to the Serbian Army – “but the guest from Moscow took the opportunity to also affirm this tempting idea.”
The Belgrade newspaper said it learned this should be the topic of a meeting of the intergovernmental commission that the two countries have in place.
Specifically, the aforementioned economic zone, if it comes to life, would be attractive to investors and industrialists from the West who – due to Western sanctions against Russia – are currently unable to directly trade with the Russians.
Serbia, as a bridge of sorts between the East and the West, would have its own interest in this.
According to the report, Rogozin is convinced that the realization of the economic zone idea would consolidate not only the strategic but also economic relations between Russia and Serbia.
The Russian official “hopes that after the formation of the Serbian government several new contracts will be concluded that directly concern trade exchange,” Vecernje Novosti writes, quoting him as saying that he was satisfied with the fact that Serbian agricultural products export to Russia grew by 21 percent.