President Alexander Vuিকi said the country would continue to carry arms from Russia, China and elsewhere, despite growing concerns in the region about building military forces.
Serbia will continue to arm itself with Russian, Chinese and other weapons, its president says, adding that the recent military buildup in the Balkans has sparked war in the 1990s despite fears that the region could provoke further tensions in one part of Europe and the West.
Speaking at the opening of an arms fair on Tuesday to coincide with the two-day summit marking the 30th anniversary of the first Non-Aligned Movement summit, Serbian President Aleksandar Vuিকi বলেন said Serbia was an “independent and sovereign nation” where no outside opinion would be sought. It is the source of weapons.
“If anyone thinks we should ask the United States or the EU to decide on our weapons, we will abolish our state,” Vusic said at an arms fair held at the same time as the 1961 commemorative conference in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.
Serbia has been widely blamed for the bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia with its nationalist policies in the 1990s. Lately the country has been equipped with mostly Russian and Chinese warplanes, drones and anti-aircraft systems.
“We are an independent country that wants to prevent a possible aggression,” Vusic said, adding that although Serbia is “on the path to the European Union”, it wants cooperation with everyone.
Although formally seeking EU membership, Serbia has refused to integrate its foreign policies into the 2-nation bloc and has instead strengthened its alliance with Russia and China.
Serbia is often accused of working with Slavic allies Russia to destabilize neighboring Bosnia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
Serbia needs the support of all EU member states to join the European Union, but the government has maintained icy relations with fellow Balkan country Croatia.
Vusik said holding a summit of countries not formally affiliated with NATO or other power groups, including an arms fair, at the same venue was “just a coincidence”.
Critics said the incidents were at a time when arms were being supplied to non-developing countries.
Vusik said they could buy weapons at “bargain prices”.
0 years ago, the Soviet Union and the United States established an unbalanced non-aligned movement. It lost much of its influence after the end of the Cold War.