Serbia: Putin friend Timchenko is named honorary consul

October 12, 2016 2:53 PM

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BELGRADE, Serbia – Serbia says a billionaire friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin who is on a U.S. sanctions list over Ukraine has agreed to become the Balkan country's honorary consul.

The office of Serbia's pro-Russian President Tomislav Nikolic said Wednesday that Gennady Timchenko will be Serbia's honorary consul in St. Petersburg. It says Timchenko greeted Nikolic upon arrival at the airport Tuesday in the Russian city.

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