Serbian, Russian defense ministers discuss cooperation

Source: Beta, Tanjug 24 May 2013
MOSCOW — Serbia’s First Deputy PM and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? met with Russian Defense Minister Segei Shoigu in Moscow on Thursday morning.

Vu?i? and Shoigu discussed the implementation of the agreement on cooperation in the defense sector.

According to the release issued by Vu?i?’s office, the talks covered enhancement of military and defense systems, military-technical, military-educational and military-medical cooperation, enhancement of activities of Serbian-Russian humanitarian center based in the southern town of Niš and joint investments in defense industry and presentation on third markets.

“We need greater exchange between the two armies,” Vu?i? underscored and expressed gratitude to Shoigu for the political support which the Russian Federation provided in the protection of Serbia’s territorial integrity.

Shoigu welcomed the Serbian delegation and confirmed his visit to Belgrade in October.

He underscored that at the beginning of the next week, a delegation of the Russian Defense Ministry would visit Serbia so as to specify the details concerning the procurement of aircraft, radar systems and anti-aircraft weapons for the needs of the Serbian Army.

According to ITAR-TASS, Shoigu said that Serbia and Russia could sign the agreement on military and military-technical cooperation this year already.

Vu?i? will also meet with Greek Defense Minister Panos Panagiotopoulos, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and State Secretary in the Slovenian Defense Ministry Zoran Klemen?i?.

A Serbian delegation led by President Tomislav Nikoli? will arrive in Russia on Friday.

Vu?i? will today in Moscow participate in an international conference on European security.

Defense ministers of European countries, representatives of the EU member states, representatives of all NATO countries, except for Ireland, OSCE representatives, military experts and U.S. secretary of state’s envoy are taking part in the conference dubbed Military and Political Aspects of European Security.

Vu?i? will on Friday join the Serbian delegation led by the president and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

Nikoli? and Putin will discuss cooperation between Serbia and Russia, including bilateral, political, economic and military-technical cooperation.

“We expect a declaration on strategic partnership, which will become a basic document for development of our friendly cooperation, to be signed during meetings in Sochi,” Russian Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandar Chepurin has said.