In the coming weeks, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The primary reason for this visit is for Serbia to receive the coveted S-300 anti-aircraft system, reports Belgrade daily Informer.
Serbian and Russian officials have already met to discuss the transaction.
The S-300 system cost around $120m each. According to officials, Belgrade will strike a special deal with Russia and lease the system, thus saving substantial money, but still obtaining the system. Russia has similar deal with India for their submarines.
The S-300 system will be de facto owned by Russia, however Serbia will pay a “subscription” fee and utilize the system.
According to the Informer daily, that the deal has already been made, what remains now is the official meeting between Vućić and Putin.
Former Serbian DM Bratislav Gašić said the S-300 system will put his country well above the rest not just in the region but in Europe as very few countries have such systems.
“With the new MiG29s, and now the S-300 system, we’ll certainly be above the rest in the region, but also be a major factor of stability,” said Gašić.