Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic welcomes Vladimir Putin in Belgrade

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (R) welcomes his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on October 16, 2014 in Belgrade. Putin was expected to secure Russian interests in Serbia, its traditional ally but also an EU aspirant, as Belgrade is staging its first military parade in 30 years to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Nazi occupation -- an event brought forward by four days to coincide with the visit by the Kremlin strongman. More than 3,000 soldiers will take part in the military parade, which will also feature a Russian aerobatics display. Source: AFP / East News

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