BELGRADE (AFP): Oscar-winning Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov was named an honorary citizen of Belgrade for promoting the Serbian capital and the country’s ties with Russia. ‘With this gesture Belgrade wants to immortalise its friendship with Mikhalkov who contributed to the promotion of our city and boosting of our ties with Russia,’ Belgrade mayor Sinisa Mali said during a ceremony held at the city hall. Mikhalkov, 69, thanked both Serbia’s authorities and its artists ‘for not being afraid to remain Russia’s friends in those difficult times.’