Serbia Faces U.S. Sanctions Over Russian Arms Deal

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A Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile-gun system during the final stage of the Keys to the Sky competition among air defense missile units at Ashuluk Firing Range, August 7, 2016. Image: Sergei Bobylev/Russian MoD/Tass

Defence Post: US cautions Serbia against acquiring ‘significant Russian military systems’

Warning comes after Russia deployed S-400 and Pantsir-S air defense systems to Serbia for drills

A U.S. State Department official has expressed concern about Serbia’s interest in Russian air defense systems, warning Belgrade to be “careful and cautious” about buying them, in comments to North Macedonia television.

“We do of course have concerns not just about deployment of Russian military equipment on the territory of Serbia, but the possibility of Serbia acquiring significant Russian military systems,” Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer told the Elsat television channel, in an interview that aired late on Friday, November 8.

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WNU Editor: Serbia is feeling the pressure. My gut tells me that they will be dropping their request to buy Russia’s Pantsir-S air defense system in the coming weeks.

More News On Serbia Facing U.S. Sanctions Over Russian Arms Deal

US mulling sanctions against Serbia over Russia arms deals — AP
Serbia faces risk of U.S. sanctions over Russian arms deal — Reuters
US Threatens Sanctions On Serbia, Scrambles To Thwart Possible S-400 Purchase — Zero Hedge

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