World Bulletin / News Desk
“This convincing victory in the election reflects broad support for your efforts to resolve Serbia’s current economic and social issues and to pursue a constructive and balanced foreign policy course,” Putin said in his message.
Putin said Vucic was known in Russia as a principled supporter of "stronger, friendly" relations between Moscow and Belgrade.
Vucic avoided a run-off by winning 55 percent of the vote on Sunday, according to the Ipsos polling group -- the first presidential candidate in 25 years to do so.
The 47-year-old will assume the largely ceremonial role at the end of May, but is expected to retain control of his ruling Progressive Party.
Vucic was endorsed by Putin before the first round of voting during a visit to Moscow on March 27.
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President Donald Trump has not changed his position on North Korea but does not oppose efforts to initiate talks
'Trump you failed to protect your nation,' Akayed Ullah allegedly wrote on Facebook
Vast areas have been destroyed, hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated and thousands of firefighters are working around the clock.
Trade dispute ends Boeing’s CAN$19 billion bid to replace aging CF-18s fighters
One third of those detained are minors, Palestinian activists say
ISIL has recently suffered a string of defeats in Iraq and Syria
Turkish deputy premier says some leading Greek Cypriots say they would prefer to 'drink poison' than use Turkish water
'I want to shoot a movie in Jerusalem when it is liberated,' says Nawras Abu Saleh
After meeting in Ottawa with officials from the nation's 10 provinces and three territories, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he has agreed to give the provinces 75 percent of the monies.
Maduro's ruling socialists triumphed as expected in mayoral polls Sunday, taking 300 of the country's 335 mayorships after a boycott by the main opposition parties.
US president revises space agency’s policy, undoing Obama’s concentration on Mars
US-led global coalition will continue to operate and support local forces in Syria, Pentagon spokesman says