Serbia still interested in purchasing BUK surface-to-air missiles from Russia

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated that he plans to discuss purchase of Russian Buk surface-to-air missiles systems during his visit to Russia.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated that he plans to discuss purchase of Russian Buk surface-to-air missiles systems during his visit to Russia.

“We will discuss the issue of anti-aircraft missile systems, probably Buk-M1 or Buk-M2, which will be cheaper for us as we will pay for them,” said Vucic.

“The price is going to be very good and we are thankful to the Russians for that.” he added.

Serbia has also announced plans to buy six Russian MiG-29 fighter jets.

After talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Belgrade on December 12, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told a news conference that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s visit to Moscow due on December 21 will focus on issues of arms supplies to Serbia. He did not disclose details of a possible deal, saying it is was “confidential information.”

Serbia was offered Buk Surface-to-Air missiles earlier, but reportedly passed the offer as the systems were deemed expensive.

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