Contents tagged with Serbia

  • Russian-Serbian ‘Slavic Shield’ aerial defense exercise to be held annually

    The Slavic Shield joint exercise for anti-air divisions from Russia and Serbia will become an annual event, Russian anti-air commander Yuri Grekhov told Echo of Moscow radio station in an interview.

    The commander noted that the countries are currently considering numerous options for joint exercises. One such option would be to conduct exercises annually, but alternating the host country, i.e. one year in Russia, the next in Serbia. However, other formats are also possible.

    “Next year we are …

  • Russian S-400 missile systems to be used in military exercises outside of Russia for the first time

    Russian anti-air defense divisions armed with S-400 and Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile systems have been sent to Serbia to take part in the second stage of the Russian-Serbian Slavyansky Shchit (“Slavic Shield”) 2019 exercise. The Russian Defense Ministry announced this on October 24 in a press release, pointing out that this is the first time that the missile systems are being used in an exercise in another country.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the systems have already been moved to …

  • Russia to give Serbia multimillion-euro loan

    Russian Deputy Finance Minister Yuriy Zubarev and Serbian Finance Minister Siniša Mali signed an agreement on providing the export credit to Belgrade, reports TASS news agency. The document was signed during the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Serbia.

    Earlier, the First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office Sergei Prikhodko said that the total amount of the loan is €172.5 million. According to him, the agreement on the government loan will create conditions for Russia' …

  • Russia to sell Pantsir air defense systems to Serbia

    Serbia will buy from Russia Pantsir-S air-defence missile-gun system, reports Interfax news agency, citing a source in Belgrade.

    Pantsir-S air defense systems are designed for short-range protection of civilian and military facilities from the air attacks.

    Russian military also use Pantsir-S missile systems in Syria. They are used to protect the Khmeimim Air Base, as well as the Russian Navy base in Tartus.

    The Russian military expert Alexander Golts doubts the feasibility of the acquisition …

  • Serbia promises Russia not to join NATO

    Serbia won't join NATO during the presidency of Aleksandar Vučić, said Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, reports TASS news agency.

    Vulin stressed that in the "military terms, Serbia remains and will remain neutral. Serbia intends to choose friends and make decisions independently" .

    Serbian Defense Minister conveyed to Shoygu "the warmest greetings and personal invitation to come to Belgrade" from Vučić.  Serbian authorities …

  • Russia sends ten armored infantry vehicles to Serbia

    On 27 July, Russia delivered ten BRDM-2 armored infantry vehicles with spare parts to Serbia as part of the countries’ military and technological cooperation, the Serbian Defense Ministry announced in a statement.

    According to the report, the equipment was received in good condition and in accordance with international regulations, with no hindrances during air transport.

    In the statement, the ministry thanked the Russian Defense ministry for the successful cooperation and consistent …

  • Romania doesn't allow Russia to deliver military equipment for Serbia through Danube river

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania reported that Romania had not allowed the transit of Russian military equipment for Serbia through the Danube river, as it is prohibited by European sanctions imposed on Russia because of its aggression against Ukraine, reports the Romanian newspaper Mediafax.

    The Romanian Ministry explained that to issue a transit license for the transportation of military products, which under the law can be issued only to the Romanian transporter, it is necessary to …

  • Serbia begins joint military exercises with Russia and Belarus

    On June 14, the international exercises Slavic Brotherhood 2019 started in Serbia with the participation of Russia and Belarus.

    According to the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry, the joint exercises of the three countries will be held until June 27. About 600 troops will participate in them.

    About 200 paratroopers from Russia, 300 soldiers from Serbia and up to 60 military from Belarus participate in the exercise. The exercises will involve more than 50 units of wheeled and …

  • NATO Secretary General: Russian aggressive policy the main threat to the Allience

    In an interview with the Serbian newspaper Politika, the Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said that "aggressive policy" of Russia is the main threat to NATO.

    He also noted that among other threats, there are the activities of hackers, terrorism, and instability in the Middle East and North Africa.

    The Secretary-General called the overall security situation "the most unforeseen" in many years, stressing the importance of NATO in these conditions.

    "The strong ties between Europe and …

  • Putin replaces Russian Ambassador to Serbia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order appointing Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko as Russia's Ambassador to Serbia. The document was published on the Internet portal of legal information.

    Botsan-Kharchenko is a MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) graduate, and he has worked in the structures of the European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry in the 2000s and, in particular, was a representative of Russia in the International Negotiating Commission to Kosovo. …