Contents tagged with Serbia

  • Russian Foreign Minister forced to cancel trip to Serbia after Eastern European countries close airspace

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was forced to cancel a planned trip to Serbia on Monday after three eastern European countries closed their airspace to his airplane.

    Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia implemented the ban which prevented Lavrov from meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. Moscow has condemned the move as “hostile”.

    “If a visit by the Russian foreign minister to Serbia is seen in the West as something approaching a threat on a universal scale, …

  • Russia to send air defense missile systems to Serbia amid escalation on Kosovo border

    Russia will deploy air defense forces to Serbia for joint military exercises, which will be held in October amid the escalation in Kosovo.

     TASS reports, citing a source in Russian military circles, that the Russian Defense Ministry will send to Serbia Pantsir missile systems, which will take part in the Slavic Shield-2021 exercises.

    The maneuvers are scheduled for mid-October.

    On Sunday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic gave the order to bring the army to increased combat readiness due to …

  • Serbia buys Chinese air defense systems

    The Serbian Armed Forces have bought three Chinese FK-3 anti-aircraft missile systems, an export version of China's H-22 medium-range air defense system.

    The FK-3 has a range of up to 100 km while H-22 has a range of 150-170 km.

    Serbia became the first foreign buyer of China's FK-3 air defense system, local media reported.

    Earlier, it was reported that the Serbian Defense Ministry purchased the Pantsir-S air defense system from Russia and intended to purchase the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft …

  • Russia completes delivery of Pantsir missile systems to Serbia

    The delivery of the Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems in the amount stipulated in the Russian-Serbian contract has been successfully completed, announced Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation, in an interview with the Interfax news agency.

    Serbia has acquired six Pantsir-S1 missile defense systems. Shugaev said that the systems were sent to Serbia back in February, and now the Russian side has fully …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summons Serbian ambassador over ‘Russian’ Crimea representation at tourism fair in Belgrade

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has summoned Serbian Ambassador Aca Jovanovic in connection with the placement of the name and symbols of the so-called (Russian) Republic of Crimea at Russia’s stand at the International Tourism Fair in Belgrade.

    The Ukrainian foreign policy department expressed its profound concern to the ambassador, the ministry noted in a press release.

    “The Serbian ambassador’s attention was drawn to the inadmissibility of the Russian Federation’s attempts to legitimize in …

  • Russia delivers first shipment of Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to Serbia

    The first part of a Pantsir-S1 aerial defense system has arrived in Serbia, announced Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin, as reported by the Serbian Defense Ministry.

    “With the acquisition of the protective weapon, the only one of its kind in the region, Serbia is continuing to reinforce its defensive power and to grow its deterrence potential,” Vulin observed. He said that this improves Serbia’s ability to maintain military neutrality, which is the underlying principle of the country’s …

  • Russia to deliver first Pantsir missile system to Serbia by the end of the week

    The first out of six Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems will be delivered to Serbia by the end of the week, announced the Radio Television of Serbia.

    The agreement was reportedly reached during a meeting between Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. Shoygu visited Belgrade on February 17. According to the TV channel, the Serbian military has been trained and ready to work with the new equipment.

    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on …

  • US strategic drone approaches Russian Defense Minister’s plane over Europe

    An unknown drone approached the plane of the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu over Europe, reports the Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing Serbian military and diplomatic sources.

    The Minister’s plane was in Kosovo airspace at the time of the incident. The UAV approached the aircraft at an approximate distance of at least 150 km.

    Several MiG-29s of the Serbian Air Force were scrambled to intercept the UAV in case it was required.  

    The drone passed along the border between Serbia and …

  • Serbia calls Russia its main friend and ally

    During the Congress of the Serb People's Party, which is part of the ruling coalition in the country, Serbian Innovations Minister Nenad Popović said that Russia is the most significant ally and friend in defending Serbian national and state interests.

    Popović noted that Moscow always, when it had the opportunity, helped and supported Belgrade, and if "because of its internal reasons," it could not help Serbia, it "never interfered with us." At the same time, the Minister spoke about his …

  • Serbian president accuses Russia of spying

    Serbian intelligence has uncovered a large-scale intelligence-gathering operation jointly carried out by Russian spies and Serbian soldiers, announced Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

    Vucic made the statement after convening a National Security Council session in light of a video published on YouTube which shows a Russian special agent paying money to a Serbian citizen in Belgrade.

    The Serbian authorities have identified the Russian as Lt. Col. Georgy Kleban, a former assistant military …