Putin is said to be leading a powerful delegation visiting Serbia with the aim to "cement" the cooperation with Serbia that wants to join the European Union.
On the eve of the visit, the British service reminds that Putin has accused some Western countries of "destabilizing" the Balkans.
The text raises a question why Serbia continues to demonstrate its friendship with Russia if they are so determined to join the EU and adds that playing the card of relationship with Moscow it only appeals to the conservative - nationalistic support to president Vucic and Serbian Progressive Party.
That also emphasizes the Slovenian, Orthodox Christian character of the country, although the road of Serbia is towards the West, added in the text.
It also helps Vucic to claim that the politics which brings Serbia closer to the EU membership, like the normalization of relationships with Kosovo, isn't imposed by Brussels, but that it is a rational choice to improve the life of citizens, states the BBC.
BBC considers that the arrival of Putin at Serbia warts the EU that they shouldn't take the loyalty of Serbia lightly.
On the other hand, Vladimir Putin will undoubtedly enjoy the unease of Western diplomats as they see the leading candidate for EU membership roll out the red carpet, concludes the BBC.
(Telegraf.co.uk / Tanjug)