Russia gifts Serbia MiGs & Tanks amidst growing tensions

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December 22nd, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 
– RIA Novosti – translated by J. Flores – 

BELGRADE – In the framework of military-technical assistance, Russia give Serbia six MiG-29 fighters and dozens of armored vehicles, said the head of government of the republic, Alexander Vucic, after a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“If we buy these aircraft at market prices, we would need to find more than 600 million euros”, – quotes Vucic through the government press service. 

The Serbian Prime Minister said that the agreement should be signed by the 23rd of December. 

The parties are currently discussing two options for transferring military equipment. In the first case, the vehicles will be immediately delivered to Serbia, where it later will be held for upgrades. In the second, they are to remain in Russia and will be transferred to Serbia after the upgrades. 

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“We also received a gift of 30 T-72S tanks and 30 BRDM-2 with armament 14.5 mm (armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle with a heavy machine gun KPVT – Ed.)”, – Said Vucic. 

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Earlier, Serbia appealed to Russia with a request for the supply of aircraft and other military equipment. The country’s leadership thus expects to strengthen its position in the region. As previously said Vucic, with the help of the Russian side, Serbia will get a powerful squadron of 10 MiGs.

NATO did not comment on the agreement of Russia and Serbia on transfer of arms

NATO did not comment on the agreement of Russia and Serbia on arms transfers, citing that the issue is bilateral, the representative of the North Atlantic alliance told RIA Novosti.

“The agreement of Serbia with Russia – this is a bilateral issue” – said the representative of Alliance, responding to the question of compliance with the upcoming transfer of arms agreements of Serbia and NATO cooperation.

He recalled that on 25th of November, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Serbian Prime Minister Vucic reminded reporters about the state of relations between NATO and Serbia, after the meeting at the headquarters of the alliance .

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