Budget constraints preclude S-400 procurement, Serbia confirms

06 November 2019

Serbia lacks the funds to procure the S-400 air-defence system from Russia but is on track to receive Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missiles, according to official news sources in both countries.

President Aleksandar Vučić told Serbian public broadcaster RTS on 6 November that Serbia would like to acquire the S-400, but "we don't plan to purchase it [yet] because we don't have money to pay for it". Vučić reiterated comments made on 24 October during the Russo-Serbian air defence exercise 'Slavic Shield 2019' when he announced that Serbia had ordered the Pantsir-S1.

Rosoboronexport chief Alexander Mikheyev told Russian news agency TASS on 6 November that there are "no delays" in delivering Pantsir-S1s to Serbia.

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