Serbia made a deal with Russia on arms supply for the needs of the Balkan Republic, Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on April 3rd after the negotiations with the Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu, RIA Novosti News Agency reports. First of all, Serbia wants to buy four Mi-35 attack helicopters and four Mi-17 transport helicopters.
However, Vulin stressed that the two countries have reached the principal agreement on cooperation. Serbia plans to buy MIG fighter jets, T-72 tanks, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and other types of armaments from Russia.
Aleksandar Vulin said that the Serbian army has set a course for rearmament. “Particularly because we know the value of peace very well, we have to be ready for the worst scenario all the time,” Serbian Defence Minister pointed.
“Strong Serbian army is a guarantee for peace in Serbia,” the Minister concluded.
Russia has friendly partner ties with Serbia. In late February 2018 Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said he will not impose sanctions against Russia.
As of the end of 2017, foreign trade turnover between Russia and Serbia rose by 23 percent and amounted $2038.7 million.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency