Originally appeared at RTS, translated by Ratko Krstic
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has announced that he will travel to Moscow later this week to sign a contract to purchase six MiG-29 fighters, ‘AP’ reported.
The agency estimated that this could contribute to tensions in the Balkans.
Serbia is procuring MiGs in the midst of an “apparent attempts by Moscow to prevent the unstable European region from joining Western institutions,” according to AP in an article entitled “Serbia will purchase Russian fighter jets to counter the threat of NATO”.
At the same time, AP is citing Prime Minister Vucic that Serbia needs fighter jets to protect their freedom and sovereignty.
“Although formally aspiring towards EU membership, Serbia is sliding towards its traditional Slavic ally Russia”, AP reports, adding that Moscow is making a great propaganda effort to keep Serbia away from the West.
Regional tensions have risen in October after accusations of coup attempt by Serbian and Russian nationalists against the pro-Western government of Montenegro because of its efforts to join NATO, the agency concludes.