Serbia is eager to get Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, but cannot afford it yet, president Aleksandar Vucic said. This is reported by TASS, citing the press service of the Serbian Ministry of Defense.
“If we had two such divisions, no one would ever swoop on Serbia. When people ask if we would like to, they would only want to leave us right now. We can’t afford the S-400 any other way,” Vucic said after attending the Slavyansky Shield 2019 exercise and saw a demonstration of Russian equipment.
He added that the missile defense system guarantees the people of the country that owns it “security for generations to come” and expressed hope that one day his state will be able to afford such equipment.A day earlier, on October 24, the head of Serbia said that Belgrade had bought, ordered and is awaiting the arrival of one Russian anti-aircraft system “Panzer-S.” At the same time it became known that the newest S-400 systems for the first time participate in exercises abroad – they were transferred to Serbia and placed at the Botanica airbase.
At the end of July Vucic personally took part in the gratuitous transfer of Russian equipment to the Serbian state: Serbia received 10 BRDM-2 combat reconnaissance vehicles. Speaking at the official ceremony, he said that by the end of the year Russia will send seven more helicopters and 10 tanks to the country.
In 1999, NATO aircraft struck Yugoslavia, including Belgrade, the present capital of Serbia. As a result of the bombing, about 1,700 civilians were killed and the Kosovo War was over. In 2008, the Albanian Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and a number of other countries refused to admit it. The region remains controversial to this day.