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Vucic has asked Russia to support the Serbian Orthodox Church

Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) is under threat in the region and it needs the support of Russia, said on Thursday the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic after the meeting with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"It is imperative for us to take care of the Serbian Orthodox Church, whose preservation is threatened in the region, and I asked about support from Russia," - said Vucic.

He also confirmed that he expects the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the dedication of the temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade, which is planned for the autumn. "I think President Putin's visit will mean an additional impetus not only to our cultural and religious relations, but also will strengthen the position of our people, our country and the Serbian Church," said Vucic.

In December 2019, the Parliament of neighboring Serbia Montenegro, by majority of votes of the ruling coalition approved the law "On freedom of conscience and religion and the legal status of religious communities", which caused a strong public reaction and protests. The SOC claim that after adoption of law will begin the withdrawal of Serbian ecclesiastical property and its transfer unrecognized Montenegrin Orthodox world "Autocephalous" Church.