Putin awarded

Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin was awarded on Wednesday the Serbian Orthodox Church’s highest distinction – the Order of St. Savva, which was handed him by Patriarch Irinej.

Thousands of believers gathered inside and outside the country’s biggest cathedral in Belgrade where the ceremony was held welcomed the Russian Prime Minister.

Earlier in the day Vladimir Putin met with Serbia’s  President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic to discuss a wide range of bilateral and international issues.

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