Russia and Serbia Sign Military Pact

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (photo: Office of the President of Russia)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei ShoiguFrom Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:  Russia and Serbia signed a military cooperation agreement in Belgrade on November 13. . . .

The 15-year agreement includes the sharing of strategic information, military exchanges, and taking part in military exercises.

From RIA Novosti:  The deal was overseen in Belgrade by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whose visit is being seen as a prelude to a possibly imminent deal on the sale of Russian fighter jets to Serbia. . . .

“Additional [military] agreements are being drafted, including an agreement on cooperation in defense industry and arms sales,” Shoigu said.

Serbian media reported in late April that the country hopes to buy a total of six MiG-29M/M2 fighters and two radar stations from Russia. It is believed the deal could be closed before the end of this year.