Belgrade (The Times Groupe)- The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has been forced to cancel a two-day visit to Serbia after Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria closed their airspace to his plane, reports said Sunday.
From June 6 -7, Lavrov was scheduled to visit Serbia’s capital Belgrade and meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
As part of the three countries’ decision, Vucic will meet with Russian Ambassador Aleksandar Bocan-Harcenko on Monday morning.
In his meeting with Lavrov, Vucic had planned to discuss gas supply to Serbia, including its price and quantity as well as supply security.
Serbia would have been hosting a high-ranking official from Russia for the first time since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, at a time when the European Union is preparing new sanctions against Moscow.
The Serbian leader announced a new three-year gas supply contract with Russia last Sunday.
Lavrov’s visit is likely to have led to the signing of the deal.
On Tuesday, Belgrade’s current 10-year gas supply contract with Gazprom expires.