Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic denied media reports that the Krusik arms deal scandal is actually his conflict with Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.
Vucic told reporters during a tour of the Belgrade Waterfront site on Friday that he asked the minister about his father’s involvement with the GIM company and was told that it was nothing. The president added that he was mistaken when he said that the elder Stefanovic was employed by that arms trading company.
Speaking last week on the state TV (RTS), Vucic said that Branko Stefanovic was just an employee at GIM.
The minister’s father Branko Stefanovic was named as one of the people representing GIM in deals with the Krusik munitions plant whose management sold GIM its products at privileged prices allegedly inflicting losses on the plant.
Asked about a document which shows that Branko Stefanovic was part of a GIM delegation which went to Krusik in 2017, the president said that proves nothing, adding that he does not see any crime committed and that everyone is only talking about a conflict of interest.
“I am asking the Anti-Corruption Agency to determine whether there was any conflict of interest,” he said.