18. April 2017
Will Russia deliver S-300s to Serbia?
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says military and technical cooperation is "among the issues discussed at the highest level in Russian-Serbian contacts." He was responding to a TASS question about whether the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Serbia was discussed "at the level of the heads of both countries." "The theme of military and technical cooperation is referred to the category of quite sensitive issues and, indeed, the theme of military and technical cooperation is on the agenda of contacts at the high and the highest levels," Peskov said during a news conference in Moscow on Monday. He "declined to specify if any specific accords were available in this area," TASS reported. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said earlier that Serbia would like to acquire Russia’s S-300 Favorit surface-to-air missile systems, and noted that he discussed this with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Previously, Vucic said the S-300s were "too expensive" - but that Russia "expressed its desire to help through certain accords." Military and technical cooperation was among the main issues on the agenda when Vucic visited Moscow on March 27, and when "the sides discussed Serbia’s plans to buy Russian-made Buk medium-range air defense missile systems," the agency reported. @b92