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Serbia to stop buying weapons from Russia under U.S. pressure

"We will develop a complete defence system in a smart way and be stronger than today", President Aleksandar Vucic says
10:12, 4 December 2019

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Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic claimed that his country would not buy weapons from Russia anymore. Instead, it will build up its own armed forces.

Balkan Insight reported that on December 3.

"We have decided today, I have spoken with [Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar] Vulin and [Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces Milan] Mojsilovic, and we will carry on with additional military reforms and make our army faster [in terms of response time] (...) we will even stop buying weapons, but we will develop a complete defence system in a smart way and be stronger than today,” Vucic said.

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This came up after Western governments and, specifically, the U.S. slammed Serbia's military deals with Russia. Recently, Thomas Zarzecki, the U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter-Proliferation, Sanctions Enforcement and Regional Affairs visited Serbia. The official made no statements, but the media reported that he was focused on the military cooperation between Serbia and Russia.

Meanwhile, Serbian ambassador in Moscow Miroslav Lazanski said Belgrade wanted to purchase Russia's S-400 missile system. That, however, was too expensive for Serbia.

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