BELGRADE, (BM) – Serbia does not plan to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic interview on Wednesday.
“From what I saw, this is an impressive system. But we don’t plan to purchase it because we don’t have money to pay for it, since we are building highways and investing in numerous other projects,” Vucic said.
“You know, if you have a weapon like this, no one will ever attack you. In places with S-400 systems, US or any other pilots don’t fly — not over Turkey, and Israeli pilots do not fly over Syria, except for the Golan Heights. We have aviation — stronger than ever before, and we will strengthen our defense systems with Pantsir [missile systems] and other things that are not on the [US] sanctions list,” he added.
“Serbia is a small country, surrounded by NATO. You could see from the reaction to S-400 what they want,” he said adding that he “will never allow such irresponsibility as in the 1990s again.”
Russia will deliver Pantsir-S missile systems in the next few months in accordance with the signed contract, Rosoboronexport’s head Alexander Mikheyev told reporters on Wednesday.
“[Missile systems] are being assembled, and [Serbian specialists] are being trained. Everything goes according to plan, there are no delays. Training will be completed soon, and the Russian side will start deliveries. The contract will be fulfilled in the next few months,” Mikheyev said.
On October 24, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Belgrade had purchased Russia’s Pantsir-S missile systems.
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