Serbia held a serious navy train final week amidst one other navy train performed by US, NATO allies and companions within the area.
Serbia’s “Response 2021” train got here one week forward of main workouts to be held in Albania within the context of “Defender – Europe 21”, the Western allies’ military exercise deliberate to final from March till June.
On the finish of the train on Saturday, President Aleksandar Vucic confused that Serbia will proceed to put money into the military.
“By additional modernization and strengthening of our military and police, we will act preventively to discourage any aggressor. We’ll all the time act shortly and effectively in opposition to potential terrorist acts,” Vucic said.
Serbia says it received’t be a part of NATO and maintains shut ties with Russia, notably within the navy discipline. Its “Response 2021” relied largely on navy provides from Russia, together with the Russian Pantsir missile system, Mi-17 helicopters, and Mi-35M fight helicopters. As well as, Serbia has received fighter jets, fight tanks and different weapons from Russia. Each international locations are working to open a Russian protection ministry workplace in Belgrade.
All branches of the Serbian forces took half within the reside hearth train, together with the army, air pressure, air protection, particular operation brigades, parachute brigade, particular anti-terror helicopter models, and so on.
The Western allies’ “Defender-Europe 21” includes 30,000 troopers from 27 international locations. Certainly one of its targets is to maneuver navy models from stations within the US to a possible battlefield website in Europe. The entire international locations within the area, apart from Serbia, are collaborating within the train. The Balkan international locations are the principle areas the place the train is going down, however navy facilities in Germany and the Baltic states are additionally getting used.
Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania and Estonia are a part of the big territory to carry this main train, along with different EU international locations.