Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić confirmed that the acquisition of Russian armaments and military equipment will be one of the topics of his current talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of a three-day visit to Russia, while the Russian media say the signing of a memorandum on military-technical cooperation will enable " activate delivery of "weapons to Belgrade.
As reported by Moscow's Belgrade media, Vucic did not specify which armor he was saying, saying it would not be offensive but intended to defend the country, while Russian military analysts point out that "Russia can equip the Serbian army far cheaper and faster than some Western European country or the US -And".
"Strengthening Serbia's defense capability is indispensable, but not to place it in a position of dependence on Russian armaments. If the Serbian military were connected to Russia through contracts, there would be nothing wrong with it. Many world countries are dependent on the military industries of other countries' industries, "Military analyst Jevgenij Krutikov told the Sputnjik portal, saying that Serbia had been" for a dozen years old "for quite a long time and did not" defend its potential dangers " .
Recalling that much of the Serbian military technique is oriented towards the Russian military industry's products, Krutikov says that "Russian contracts and deliveries are indeed beneficial and useful for both Serbia and Russia precisely because of price-quality relations."
Asked how much the real delivery of the Russian S-300 system to Belgrade and whether it is a political move, Kurtikov says that "maybe it is politically", but that "the Serbian side has not yet decided, it has defined what threats it potentially threatens."
"However, Vucic indirectly mentioned that an umbrella should be installed, which would be a missile defense. Yes, I agree that such deliveries could put Belgrade in an unenviable situation, since it would probably have begun to pressure Serbia afterwards, "Krutikov said, adding that something more about possible agreements between Russia and Serbia could be heard after today's Putin-Vucic, given that all contracts regarding military-technical cooperation are signed by the president.
Vučić: We need to protect our territory
At the same time, the Russian Commander states that the Memorandum signed by the Serbian Defense Ministry and the Russian Federal Military and Technical Cooperation Department allow "significant activation of the delivery" of weapons to Belgrade, according to a Moscow Beta agency. The Moscow Diary, referring to sources in the Russian government, states that the intergovernmental agreement on mutual protection of intellectual property rights acquired through bilateral military and technical cooperation provides for the rules for the repair and modernization of the military technique that Serbia has bought from Russia, solely with the manufacturer and not and foreign companies.
Vucic, announcing that he and Putin will talk about arms purchases, said that his job is to take care of the security of the country. "It's not realistic to buy too much, but we'll get some weapons ... We will not get the weapon that we call him such an offensive but we have to protect our territory," reports RTS Vučić's statement to journalists in Moscow.
"If they ask what it will do to us, ask the question of what will happen to some in the environment, when they are all around the NATO countries, and only one is not Serbia," Vučić said, saying "Serbia is silent" when some get combat helicopters, combat armored vehicles, haubice and asked why they give launchers some, and others are selling ballistic missiles.
Belgrade media, speculating on what could be the topic of prime minister talks in Moscow, among other things, stated that Vucic will talk to Putin about weapons procurement "for the challenges of Croatia, which wants to become the most powerful Balkan country."
The Serbian Prime Minister, speaking to President Putin, ends today a three-day visit to Moscow, where he was head of a large number of political and economic delegations. Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Alexander Čepurin said ahead of Vučić's trip to Moscow to expect Russia much to expect from the Serbian Prime Minister's visit and as a key topic announced economic co-operation.