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Veseli: As a future Prime Minsiter, I will pledge to enforce justice

Kadri Veseli commented on the release on parole of Miodrag Solaja, former member of the Scorpions unit, after having served two-thirds of his sentence

August 12, 2019

Veseli announced that in the capacity of the future Prime Minister he will not allow "history to be manipulated, including allowing the victims to be equal to the executioners", as he put it.

Saying that Solaja's release on parole presents a shameful act, Veseli added on his Facebook profile that this in the same time exposes "Belgrade unwillingness to enforce justice".

Reminding that a year ago, another Scorpions member, Sasa Cvijan was released before the end of his sentence, Veseli considers that EU obviously implements double standards, as on the other hand, members of the so-called "Drenica Group", according to his words, are "unjustifiably still imprisoned".

Veseli voiced his suspicion that in this way, EU gives Serbia "green light" to, as he says, undermine justice, thus "hurting the victims of the crimes in Podujevo once again", while the members of "Drenica Group", who he considers freedom fighters, have been unfairly held in prison without evidence.

Therefore, as he announced, as a future Kosovo Prime Minister, he will give his best to bring all criminals to justice.

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Morina's case is not so simple

Serbia expects Northern Macedonia to extradite Tomor Morina, accused of committing war crimes in 1999

August 8, 2019

This expectation is based on the legal acts and a bilaterally signed Agreement on extradition. Still, this will not be so simple, "Deutsche Welle" reports.

Skopje Basic Criminal Court stated that conditions for Tomor Morina's extradition to Serbia were not met. He was arrested last month in Blace, on the Interpol's warrant, based on Serbia's request. Morina is being accused of the crimes committed against civilians on the territory of Kosovo, 20 years ago.

The decision of the Criminal Court will be submitted to the Supreme Court, for its approval or denial, ending up with the Ministry of Justice.

Serbia is waiting patiently for the decision of this Ministry.

„The procedure regarding Morina's extradition should be carried out in accordance with the Extradition Agreement between Serbia and Northern Macedonia signed on November 29, 2011. Should all conditions envisaged by this agreement are met, Northern Macedonia will be obliged to extradite requested individual to Serbia“, Aleskandar V. Gajic, Professor of international law on Belgrade Law Faculty told Belgrade daily Politika.

„Recognition of Kosovo is not an obstacle“

It is already evident that this case of Morina will seriously upset relations between Skopje and Belgrade. This can be concluded by the statement of Northern Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani who said that "there are no basis for Morina's extradition to Serbia, and even if there was, he should be extradited to Kosovo, not to Serbia".

Aleksandar V. Gajic considers such statements as "legally unfounded", perceived as "political attempt of covering up the crimes committed on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija“. Osmani, as Gajic claims, "acts contrary to the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the Republic of Northern Macedonia and the European Union“.

When asked whether Kosovo's recognition is relevant to the procedure of Morina's extradition, Gajic responded that this recognition carries great political weight, but that it cannot be regarded as the obstacle to extraditing process.

Morina is in detention since July 25, where he will remain until the Supreme Court's verdict.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/region.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=08&nav_id=107122

Court in Skopje: Morina will not be extradited to Serbia - no basis for such measure

Skopje’ Basic Criminal Court ruled that conditions were not met for the extradition of former KLA member Timor Morina, as reported by portal a1on

August 7, 2019

"Acting upon the request of the North Macedonian Foreign Ministry, the Criminal Court ruled that there was no basis for the extradition of Timor Morina to the Republic of Serbia", Basic Criminal Court in Skopje stated.

This decision was submitted to the Supreme Court of North Macedonia as it will have final word regarding this case.

"The extradition measure imposed on him at the proposal of the Skopje Prosecutor's Office remains in force until the decision of the Criminal Court or the Supreme Court's decision in this case becomes final", it is concluded in the Criminal Court statement.

Interpol issued an arrest warrant on the request of Serbia's authorities who suspected Morina of war crimes against civilians he allegedly committed as a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/region.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=07&nav_id=107117

 

Daniel Serwer: "Dacic makes enemies, it is not wise at all"

Daniel Serwer said recent statement of Serbia's Foreign Affairs Chief Ivica Dacic on organizing the support for Trump is "not wise", Radio Free Europe reports

August 10, 2019

"Obviously, Dacic thinks he has friends in the current administration and wants to support them. But all he has achieved is ensuring that whoever is the next US president from the Democrats now considers Dacic, and possibly Serbia, an enemy. So it wasn't wise at all,” Serwer warned.

US expert on Balkans Affairs Daniel Serwer added that "it is a big mistake to show an alliance with one or the other US political party because there is always a real possibility of a change in power". "So, if you do, then you have to be prepared to expect consequences if a party you didn't support wins", Serwer concluded.

According to Serwer's words, this statement would make Americans more cautious when it comes to the issue of diverse impacts on the election process during the next presidential elections.

Former Pentagon Official in charge for Balkan Michael Carpenter criticized Dacic's statement, perceiving it as interference into US domestic affairs.

Dacic stated this week that he will organize Serbs residing in US to formalize their support to Trump on the next presidential elections.

Dacic claimed that as a Foreign Minister, he’ll "organize the formalization of support for Trump at the next elections".

"If we do it smartly, if we unite those votes, we will create a better position with the new administration", Dacic told “Srpski Telegraf", adding that 650,000 Serbs live in the United States.

Dacic added that the same was done by Albanians, when the united their votes from diaspora.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=10&nav_id=107128

"If the idea on demarcation between Serbia and Kosovo fails, there is no plan B"

If the idea on demarcation between Serbia and Kosovo fails, I don't see alternative plan, says former Pentagon official, in charge for Balkan, Michael Carpenter

August 9, 2019

He added that everything will depend on an agreement between the big players, including the US and EU, and an agreement reached by the leaders on the ground.

Carpenter believes that under current political situation in Serbia and Kosovo, it is unlikely that the idea of an exchange of territories might succeed.
Carpenter also expressed his doubts about the success of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in the way that former EU High Representative Federica Mogherini conducted it, although there is no alternative plan for the territory swap.

"I am confident that Serbia, if it is ready to overcome the barrier of recognizing Kosovo's independence, needs to be offered something concrete in return, something specific which its citizens would view as valuable. I also believe that this kind of offer is not on the table yet", Carpenter concluded.

He said that the idea of offering Serbia European Union membership in return for recognition of Kosovo is not enough, as Serbia has to comply to the set of standards, adding that establishing a fund of 10-15 billion dollars meant for the stabilization of the circumstances in Serbia and on Kosovo, supported by US, would not be out of reach for the EU.

When asked whether this US Administration is more eager than the former to resolve the Kosovo problem, the Senior Director of the "Penn Biden Center" and former advisor of the former US Vice President Joseph Biden, says that this administration hadn't made more diplomatic efforts, but current US administration "is certainly willing to use every opportunity to resolve the Kosovo-Serbia dispute".

"Everything will boil down to an agreement between the big players, including the US and EU, and an agreement reached by the leaders on the ground which, I believe, won‘t be easy, given the current Washington Administration", adding that the support to the idea of territory exchange has nothing to do with political parties' division in the US, as this idea is supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

Carpenter believed that from Moscow's perspective, keeping the Kosovo-Serbia conflict open is better for them, as that would allow Moscow to present itself as the guardian of Serbian interests, and Kosovo's adversary.
Carpenter added that election season is a very bad time to reach international agreements, along with the fact that Kosovo lacks Prime Minister currently, which represents a serious setback to any possible progress.

"I would say that the agreement is not impossible, but that it is not very likely at the moment".

Carpenter also responded to the statement of the Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic once again, who he already accused of interfering in US domestic politics by rallying Serbian Americans to support Trump in 2020, to which Dacic reacted that "nobody considered interference when Albanians voted for the Clintons or Congressman Eliot Engel".

Carpenter stated that Dacic has the right to support anyone he wants, but according to him, it is not a smart diplomatic move that a Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister puts all hopes into one political party.

"I believe that there is consensus of both political parties in US in general when it comes to the region of Serbia and Western Balkan, so I believe that it would be better for Serbia if it remains so, without any further politicization", concluded Joe Biden's former advisor, in the capacity of current Presidential candidate of Democratic Party.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=09&nav_id=107124

"The West expects Kosovo issue to be resolved soon, Bolton will not come to Belgrade"

Tough negotiations with the West awaits us, they expect rapid resolution of Kosovo and Metohija issue, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic stated for Prva TV.

August 8, 2019

Vucic addedd that "this is not just the matter of deadline, but about the essence of the future agreement when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija", stressing that the "problem lies in the fact what will be arranged".

Speaking about the possibility of terrorist attacks in Kosovo that media speculate upon, and the B13 extremist group announcing "a bloody fall" in Kosovo, Vucic said that he "has no evidence for that".

"There might be some incidents, but we will prevent killing of Serbian people on Kosovo territory. Albanian main goal is to gain control over the northern Kosovo, so a difficult fall awaits us, mostly because we have no one to talk to in Pristina. Election will certainly contribute to raising temperature, as any move against the Serbs will be supported. There's also a problem with delivering goods to our people," Vucic said.

Vucic said that there are several aspects that are difficult for us when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija,

"The first aspect is the life of ordinary people. Albanians have four political parties and a total of about 20 percent, and the fifth force is the Serb List, which they will try to bring down together," said the President of Serbia. "We should take care of the political organization that would fight for the Serbs' interests", he concluded.

He reacted to the ban on entering Kosovo territory for the citizens with Serbian passports. He described as nonsense the decision by the Pristina authorities to forbid citizens with a Serbian passport to enter Kosovo, adding that such decisions are senseless, coming from those who act like small children, who do not have a state, and are trying to create one, playing with the rules.

"It's clear that the Serbian side negotiated that travel is possible with ID cards, but of course you have the right to travel with a passport as well," he explained.

On the possibility of Trump's national security advisor John Bolton's visiting Belgrade soon, Serbian President said:

"I don't think he'll come as he was considering visiting both Belgrade and Pristina, but because of the elections, he has no one to talk to in Pristina right now. This is my analysis of the current circumstances, I don't speak on his behalf", Vucic added.

When it comes to finding a solution to the Kosovo problem, Vucic said that many have rejected his proposal for the solution.

"I've experienced lots of pressure from all sides", Vucic said.

When asked to comment on the statement of Professor Edward Joseph that the key to the resolve of the Kosovo issue is in his hands, Vucic said that this is something that imposes additional burden on him.

"Professor Edward Joseph is a serious foreign policy specialist, and he certainly doesn't hold Serbia's views. Serbia and the Serbs cannot recognize Kosovo. We don't want to do that. People from international community have to realize that there would be no solution for Kosovo if Serbia is being humiliated. They are also aware of Serbia's aspirations to EU integration, so they force us to consider what would be most beneficial for us", Vucic said.

Speaking of the fact that all five permanent members of the UN Security Council had changed their ambassadors in Belgrade, Vucic said that "they certainly did not come to check the climate in Serbia, but because they expect important things to happen", among others, concerning Kosovo.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=08&nav_id=107121

“When Jews vote for Trump, that’s not interference or Albanians voting for Clintons"

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic rejected criticism of Michael Carpenter, former advisor of US Vice President Joseph Biden, of interfering into US affairs

August 8, 2019

Carpenter said that Serbian Foreign Minister plans to interfere in US domestic politics.

“When Jews vote for Trump, that’s not interference or when Albanians vote for the Clintons or Engel. I’m not talking about Serbia as a state, I’m talking about US citizens of Serbian origin. That’s simply how things work in America. Albanians always bring Engel victory in his constituency”, Dacic stated for Politika daily.

Dacic added that the Serbian diaspora in the US should organize "so that no one will be in a position to degrade them as the Democrats are doing presently”, Serbian Foreign Minister concluded.

Carpenter, in the capacity of a candidate of the Democratic Party for the president, voiced his criticism after Dacic's announcement that he would organize the Serbian diaspora in the US to vote for Trump at the next presidential elections, perceiving it as Dacic's intention of interfering into US internal policy.

"The Serbian Foreign Minister plans to interfere in US domestic politics by rallying Serbian Americans to support Trump in 2020", Michael Carpenter tweeted, sharing Dacic's statement.

Carpenter added that he "personally think he's making a big mistake, and U.S. support for Serbia's European path should remain a bipartisan issue".

Dacic had given statement to "Srpski Telegraf" on Tuesday, claiming that as a Foreign Minister, he’ll organize the formalization of support for Trump at the next elections.

"If we do it smartly, if we unite those votes, we will create a better position with the new administration", Dacic told “Srpski Telegraf", adding that 650,000 Serbs live in the States.

https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=08&nav_id=107120

"Dacic plans to interfere in US domestic politics"

Michael Carpenter considers that Dacic's announcement that he will organize Serbian diaspora to support Trump presents his intention of interfering in US policy

August 7, 2019

"The Serbian Foreign Minister plans to interfere in US domestic politics by rallying Serbian Americans to support Trump in 2020", stated Michael Carpenter, former Foreign Policy Advisor of the US Vice President Joseph Biden, present candidate of the Democratic Party for the president, on his Twitter account, quoting Dacic's statement.

Carpenter added that he "personally think he's making a big mistake, and U.S. support for Serbia's European path should remain a bipartisan issue".

Dacic had given statement to "Srpski Telegraf" yesterday, claiming that as a Foreign Minister, he’ll "organize the formalization of support for Trump at the next elections".

"If we do it smartly, if we unite those votes, we will create a better position with the new administration", Dacic told “Srpski Telegraf", adding that 650,000 Serbs live in the States.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=07&nav_id=107119

Vecernje novosti: Belgrade to launch diplomatic campaign in the US in the fall

Serbia announces the launch of diplomatic campaign in the US Congress in the fall

August 7, 2019

According to "Vecernje novosti", Belgrade had decided to embark on a campaign in order to present real state of affairs on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija to the US public and to the US officials, including the monstrous crimes committed against the Serbs on Kosovo and Metohija by the KLA terrorists.

This daily writes that US Congress will organize a public hearing in the form of debate, on which representatives of Serbian Assembly will elaborate the chronology of the conflicts in Southern Serbian Province.

It is added that this would be a good chance to present new evidence against the outgoing Prime Minister of Pristina's Interim institutions Ramush Haradinaj, that could lead to his facing a court trial.

One of the inevitable issues for discussion will be alleged inhuman treatment of Serbian people and killing of prisoners with the purpose of removal and illicit trafficking in human organs of the abducted Serbs, as well as numerous murders of the Serbs, such as those that took place in Gorazdevac and Staro Gacko, no one was held responsible for.

Deputy Speaker of the Serbian National Parliament Vladimir Marinkovic is involved in the preparation of this event in the US Congress, in cooperation with the President of the Serbian Caucus in the US Congress, Steve Stivers, Novosti concluded.

Milovan Drecun, the President of the Serbian Parliamentary Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, is envisaged as one of the speakers on the Capitol Hill, working hard on gathering new evidence against Haradinaj.

Marinkovic stated for "Novosti" that this will be an opportunity for some of US politicians to hear for the first time what really happened on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija, in the period from 1998 to 2000, and later.

"They will be presented with the evidence collected by the Working Group of Serbian Parliamentary Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, and would be introduced with former Council of Europe's Rapporteur Dick Marty's report on illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo", Marinkovic concluded.

According to him, this will be taking "countermeasure" to the event organized in late April by the Congressman and Albanian lobbyist Eliot Engel in the US Congress. On that occasion, former President of Pristina Interim Institutions Atifete Jahjaga mentioned the number of 20.000 women raped on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija, as a part of Pristina propaganda machinery.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=07&nav_id=107116

Vucic in Krusedol: You got rid of the Serbs - does this make you happy or successful?

"The Serbs left, but they hadn't vanished", President Aleksandar Vucic said tonight while marking 24th anniversary since the operation "Storm"

August 5, 2019

"The Serbs have left and it caused tremendous grief and sorrow in the heart of every single Serb. Is Croatia today happier, more successful or wealthier because of it? I have to disappoint you, all of you who glorify and rejoice in the tears of Serbia - the Serbs are not gone. Serbia hadn't vanished", said Vucic from Krusedol.

As he said, we can see proud people tonight, capable of defending their nation, of keeping their name, people who are baptized in the same church, who love their country and are proud of it, wherever they are.

The President said that this does not mean that we cannot respond more strongly as we surely can, but we choose not to, because we have become smarter and learned from our past experience.

"I am fed up with the lectures given by international and regional officials, advising us that we should not deal with this, that we should forget the destiny of the whole Krajina region, that it would be good to avoid meeting with Dodik and Zeljko Cvijanovic on a regular basis. Generally, we should take care of everything else, except taking care of the Serbian people", President of Serbia pointed out.

He noted that only the Serbs accepted that some of their people had committed crimes and dealt with them, while all others worked on one thing only - how to blame the Serbs for everything.

He pointed out that the "Storm" happened to the Serbian people partly because the Serbs from Serbia, Republic of Srpska and Krajina lacked unity.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that this never happens to us again, that we maintain the best relations with Serb representatives wherever they live", Vucic concluded.

Nowadays, Serbs are united, wherever they reside!

"Today, Serbs are absolutely united and aware of what to do in the future, wherever they live", Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said from Krusedol tonight.

On the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the "Storm" campaign, the President of Serbia emphasized that he is especially proud because Serbs worldwide are united today, wherever they are on the planet.

He reiterated that today's date, August 4th, represents a sorrowful day for every Serb worldwide.

He is grateful to Milorad Dodik for the initiative they had launched 6 years ago with the goal to commemorate the suffering of our people and to remember our victims.

"The initiative we've launched has changed the culture of remembrance, along with Serbia embarking on a different path in future", he pointed out.

Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=05&nav_id=107099

"Self-proclaimed" Albanian President and Haradinaj's close associate murdered abroad

Albanian politician, found dead in the Amsterdam-Rijn canal, was close to Ramush Haradinaj, RTS reports, referring to Pristina based media.

August 2, 2019

Festim Lato, residing in Afferden, a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland, has his own private army. Various Dutch authorities were aware of this, but did not intervene, the Dutch Telegraaf reports based on sources and its own research.

Lato was the self-proclaimed President of Chameria, an unrecognized republic on the border of Albania and Greece.

He lived on a residential farm in Afferden which resembled a military barracks with the forces of the future Chameria army staying there. One unnamed source told the Telegraaf paper that the Chameria forces were trained by soldiers from Kosovo.

Lato is heard saying on a video: "This is the army that I am building".

Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/world.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=02&nav_id=107097

"Haradinaj's connections should not be underestimated"

Ramush Haradinaj hosted German party delegation recently in Pristina

August 2, 2019  

Alim Hamza, who is under the surveillance of German authorities for his Islam extremist standpoints, was among delegates, while the expert for security issues Irfan Peci considers that the danger of Haradinaj's contacts with Salafi movement with the goal of establishing "Greater Albania" should not be underestimated.

Hamza had come to Pristina as a member of the delegation of Alliance for Innovation and Justice, a small party registered in Germany, for which German media report that it is close to Turkish President Reyep Tajip Erdogan.

This Salafi member from Bonn hadn't attracted attention of the public, although he is being monitored by German services for his extremist standpoints, until he started engaging himself on social networks, showing support to Haradinaj.

Security expert Irfan Peci who got in touch with Tanjug regarding this issue, claims that Haradinaj must have been aware of Hamza's Salafi "background", as he is already targeted by the German authorities.

When asked whether so-called KLA was also under the influence of Salafi movement, Peci responded that KLA had numerous fractions, that were nationalistic in nature.

"Now, we see that there are lots of Albanian Salafists that support KLA, perceiving war against Serbia as jihad", Peci underlines.

Irfan Peci is originally from Yugoslavia, his family fled the Yugoslavian Civil War in 1991 and escaped to Germany. As he was growing up in Germany, he was recruited by Al-Qaeda in 2007, and later became a senior member of the German section of Al-Qaeda’s propaganda organization Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF).

He was arrested by the German authorities and sentenced to imprisonment. In prison, he became deradicalized and started working with the German Intelligence Service as an undercover agent against the Al-Qaeda network in Germany.

He is the author of his autobiography entitled “The Jihadist”, while Bavarian public service broadcaster made a documentary about him.

The Salafist doctrine is based on looking back to the early years of the religion to understand how the contemporary world should be ordered, with the aim of restoring the early Islamic movement.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=02&nav_id=107096

The man who threatened Vucic's daughter arrested

The man who stalked Milica Vucic (17), daughter of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, attempting to assault her, has been arrested today, Belgrade media report

August 1, 2019                

A man with thick police record Sasa Petersen (aged 44) followed Serbia's President's daughter for days, threatened her and planned assault on her bodyguards.

He kept coming to school that 17-year-old Milica attends on a daily basis.

He recorded the girl and members of her security team, media reported.

It is noted that Petersen is known to the security services under the name Sasa Predic, resident of Velika Plana, actually living in Belgrade.

Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/crimes.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=01&nav_id=107092

"Although illogical and outside international law, this principle is still in effect"

 

"Together with Serbia, I will try to restore international law into the region, once and for all, primarily when it comes to the Kosovo issue"

August 1, 2019

Newly appointed Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said, adding that Russia will support "compromising and creative solution", agreed upon between Belgrade and Pristina, which Russia could defend in the UN Security Council.

In an exclusive interview for Tanjug, Ambassador points out that he considers "the restoration of international law in the region" as his main assignment as Russian Ambassador to Serbia, and he believes that experience and understanding of Serbian interests in relation with Russia, both in the region and in Europe, will help him perceive future developments of our bilateral relations, and particularly cooperation when it comes to resolving Kosovo issue.

"As for the region, and given the experience of participating in international negotiations in Dayton, and so-called negotiation process on the Kosovo status, I believe that my task is to give a contribution to the stabilization of the whole region", Botsan-Kharchenko said.

This assignment is, as he stressed, based on state policy and cooperation that was fully evident during the meeting of Presidents Putin and Vucic that took place in January.

"The only possible solution is a compromising solution, and our western partners have to change their standpoint. The proof for this lies in the recent events that took place in Kosovo, and the situation which is sometimes on the verge of significant incidents. I am now using very diplomatic discourse, but the situation is rather disturbing. I speak for myself, taking into account recent experience", Botsan-Kharchenko added.

He considers that entire international community now has to direct its attention towards Kosovo and what seems to be happening there.

When asked about the prospects of the resumption of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Ambassador said that the conditions for resumption are still not met, as the tariffs remain in place, while Pristina doesn't show readiness to implement previously adopted decisions.

"On the other hand, we see that some leading EU states request and want to play a more active role, that would contribute to restoring dialogue, but let me remind you, once again - they need to exert pressure on Pristina", he underlined.

“Serbia plays and will play a significant role in the region. I say this with no intention of diminishing the significance of other states.”

"When we discuss regional stability, it has nothing to do with the size of the country in question, but with the potential for establishing cooperation among all, based on mutual respect. Reality speaks for itself, the history had proven it a fact, while people in Moscow are firmly confident that Serbia will play a crucial role in the region", Botsan Kharchenko concluded.

Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=08&dd=01&nav_id=107090

 

Serbian Ministry of Defense claims: USA isn't the biggest donor of military equipment

The Defense Ministry said that the Serbian military gets its biggest donations from Russia, following Blic writings about USA being its major donor

July 31, 2019  

The Defense Ministry said that the Serbian military gets its biggest donations from Russia, following Blic writings about USA being its major donor (based on data on donations between 2014 and 2018).

Serbian Armed Forces got the biggest donations from Russian Federation, that donated six MiG-29 fighters, while the donation of 30 BRDM-2MS armored scout vehicles and 30 T-72MS main battle tanks with logistics support is underway, the Ministry said in a press release.

Moreover, it is noted that significant discounts and other benefits were given to Serbia during the negotiations on the purchase of arms and military equipment from Russian Federation.

Republic of Belarus had also donated 4 MiG-29 fighters to the Serbian military.

The difference in the figures pertaining to the donations of some states, shown in the Information booklet of the Defense Ministry, and the actual numbers, comes from the fact that Defense Ministry Booklet did not include donations which are underway and which are still regarded as confidential, given that the consent for disclosing data on the amount of the donations of both parties have not yet been obtained, it is noted in the press release.

Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=07&dd=31&nav_id=107089

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