The measure, which would significantly raise the retirement age, were introduced at the beginning of the World Cup -- a day when protests were prohibited.
Greeted by church bells, gun salutes and a puppy, Russia's Vladimir Putin arrived in Belgrade. The lavish event is seen as an attempt by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to boost his image after weeks of protests.
The row over the Kuril islands has stopped Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty to end World War II. Now, a high-level meeting between Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe could finally help break the impasse.
Ecstatic crowds are expected to greet Vladimir Putin as he enters the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade alongside Aleksandar Vucic. For over a month, thousands have turned out for weekly protests against Serbia's president.
Russia's foreign minister has called on Tokyo to accept the outcome of the war in order to advance discussions on a peace plan. Russia and Japan have yet to sign a peace treaty since the end of World War II.
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