Serbia’s Def Min: Croatia buys arms looking at relations with us

NEWS 02.06.2021 09:00
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Source: Tanjug/Ministarstvo odbrane/Jovo Mamula

Nebojsa Stefanovic, Serbia's Defence Minister, said on Wednesday his country "is not particularly interested" in the fact that Croatia, as he said, "when it gets howitzers or helicopters, looks at it through the prism of its relations with Serbia."

„We are here to protect our country, guarantee our freedom and independence. And as far as others are concerned, I would advise them to take care of their people, their country, and economy,“ Stefanovic said while touring the construction site of a new COVID hospital in the northern city of Novi Sad.

Asked about a possibility of compulsory military service reintroduction in Croatia, a NATO member state, and arms procurement in Serbia, he said Belgrade was not buying weapons „to endanger anyone.“

„We are a militarily neutral country which only wishes to have a powerful army to guarantee its freedom and independence,“ Stefanovic said.