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Serbian Defence Ministry suspends purchase of razor wire

May 31, 2020

Serbian Ministry of Defense has suspended the purchase of razor wire for fencing camps for migrants and asylum seekers, Radio Free Europe reported on Sunday.

According to the explanation published on the Ministry's website, the reasons for the suspension of the procedure are "objective and verifiable reasons, which could not have been foreseen at the time of initiating the procedure, which prevent the procedure from ending, meaning that the party that ordered the procurement has lost interest in it and the procurement will not be repeated during the same budget year, or in the next six months," Radio Free Europe reported.

"Since the Army's obligation to secure migrant reception and asylum centres on the territory of the Republic of Serbia has ended, in accordance with the Decision on ending the state of emergency, the need for the procurement has also ceased," the Ministry said.

On May 15, Serbian Defence Ministry announced on its website that a public procurement procedure had begun, in which almost 2.5 tons of 700-millimetre-thick razor wire, 1,521 meters of ribbed iron in 20-millimetre-thick bars and 50 kilograms of galvanized binding wire was ordered.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a605229/Serbian-Defence-Ministry-suspends-purchase-of-razor-wire.html

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