Belgrade continues to disclaim deadly assist to each Moscow and Kiev, the protection minister has mentioned
The report that Serbia is sending weapons to Ukraine is a “lie,” Protection Minister Milos Vucevic has mentioned. The assertion got here after Reuters cited a labeled Pentagon doc on Wednesday that claims Belgrade is dedicated to offering deadly assist to Ukraine or has performed so already.
Based on the information company, the file was amongst a trove of US paperwork, together with intelligence experiences, that had been dumped on-line earlier this 12 months and just lately unearthed by the media.
“We’ve got already denied these lies greater than ten instances, and can do it once more. Serbia has not bought, nor will it promote weapons to both the Ukrainian or Russian facet, or to international locations surrounding this battle,” Vucevic mentioned.
“There may be at all times a chance that some weapon will magically be present in a battle zone. But it surely has nothing to do with Serbia,” the minister added. “It’s a query for international locations that don’t respect worldwide norms, contractual obligations, and enterprise practices.”
It’s apparent that somebody’s objective is to destabilize our nation and drag it right into a battle we’re not collaborating in. We’re constantly following our established coverage [of non-involvement].
Serbia, which has historically maintained good relations with Moscow and is closely reliant on Russia vitality, has refused to impose any sanctions on the nation. Belgrade additionally broke ranks with many Western states by refusing to supply Kiev with navy assist.
In March, Serbian officers denied media experiences that Belgrade provided Ukraine with rockets for Soviet-made M-21 Grad a number of rocket launchers through Türkiye and Slovakia.
“We added a clause that it’s inconceivable to export ammunition that we gave to Türkiye with out our consent,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic mentioned on the time.
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