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Tomislav Nikolic is set to travel to Moscow, where he will attend the congress of Russia's ruling party, United Russia, on May 26.
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Tomislav Nikolic, the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, SNS, who was on Sunday elected Serbia's new president, has accepted a long-standing invitation to attend the congress of Russia's ruling party, United Russia, on May 26.
Mr Nikolic will attend the event in his capacity as SNS leader. He will address the congress, and possibly hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the SNS told Tanjug news agency.
This will be Nikolic's first trip abroad since he was elected president. His term in office will begin when he is sworn in, in a ceremony in Serbia's parliament, in early June.
This spring almost 7 million Serbians are entitled to vote in presidential, general, provincial and local elections.
Since the renewal of multi-party politics in 1990 power has oscillated between a variety of parties in Serbia and votes have often followed by allegations of frauds and protests.
Twelve years after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, the scene has changed significantly as parties rise, fall and change their minds. See Balkan Insight's profiles of Serbia's ruling and opposition parties.
Since the first multi-party elections were held in 1990, Serbia has often had acting heads of state, while many of those elected ended their terms before their mandates expired.
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