Today in Saint Petersburg, Justice Minister Nela Kuburović and Prosecutor-General of the Russian Federation Yury Chaika signed a Cooperation Agreement between and on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Russian Federation, respectively.

At the signing ceremony, they noted that the two countries had an excellent cooperation in judicial matters and enjoyed traditionally good and friendly relations. “The signing of this Agreement is a testament to the good and friendly relations between Serbia and the Russian Federation which are being advanced every day”, said Justice Minister Kuburović. She added that international legal cooperation in criminal matters between the two countries had been exceptional, explaining that the newly signed Agreement would accelerate the criminal proceedings, data sharing and submission of evidence - all of which was crucial to fighting international crime.

Prosecutor-General Chaika highlighted the exceptional and intensive cooperation between the countries’ public prosecutor’s offices and recalled them also signing a Cooperation Agreement the year before.

Minister Kuburović and Prosecutor-General Chaika noted that the countries’ Ministries of Justice had signed a Cooperation Agreement of their own in 2008, finding the today’s signing of the latest Agreement a culmination of many years of an overall successful cooperation in judicial matters.

This latest Cooperation Agreement expands and advances international cooperation in judicial matters between the two counties, focusing on countering organised crimes, terrorism, corruption, arms and drugs trafficking. It also strengthens the joint fight against economic crimes, high-tech crimes and other types of crimes.