Serbian president lobbies Russia, Belarus for supply of S-300s

21 April 2017

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic stated on 16 April that Belgrade requires two divisions of S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and that he has discussed acquiring them with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. No details of the intended S-300 variant were mentioned.

Replying to questions about Serbia's proposed S-300 purchase on 17 April, Dmitri Peskov, Putin's press secretary, confirmed that military-technical co-operation with Serbia was on the high-level agenda, adding that it was a very sensitive topic.

Vucic was elected as Serbia's president, from the post of prime minister, on 2 April, winning 55% of the vote.

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