Peter Stano, a spokesperson for the European Union diplomacy and security chief, the bloc had noticed the reports about the intent of the Ministry of Defence of Russia to open an office in Belgrade to strengthen its military ties with Serbia, warning that Belgrade had said it was committed to joining the EU.
„Serbia has identified EU integration as its strategic priority and is expected to progressively align its policies in accordance with the policies and positions adopted by the European Union, Stano said.
He added that „in terms of military cooperation between European countries, this should be in accordance with international agreements.“
The media in Serbia reported on Tuesday that the Russian Defence Ministry announced the opening of its office in Belgrade.
Serbia’s Defence Ministry confirmed the legal procedure was launched about the opening of the office „following an agreement between Serbia’s and Russia’s governments.“
„The aim of the Russian Defence Ministry office presence in Serbia is to offer support and to speed up the process of military-technical cooperation in line with the two country’s agreement on that,“ the Ministry said in its statement.