SERBIA & RUSSIA RECONCILING: $50 BLN
"Partners for the Future!" proclaim the Gazprom billboards that line the main roads into Belgrade – the Cyrillic text imprinted on a bright image of Russian and Serbian flags stitched together.
The advertising campaign was meant to celebrate the growing energy ties between the two Slavic Orthodox nations. But for a Serbian government that has been left bitterly disappointed by the cancellation on Monday by Vladimir Putin of the giant South Stream gas pipeline project, the message is a painful reminder of what might have been.
Since his appointment in 2013, prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has sought to tread…
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