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Serbia considers purchase of 12 Rafale fighters

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced on 11 April that Serbia plans to acquire 12 Dassault Rafale multirole fighter jets from France. Military experts in the West see this as a sign that Belgrade is beginning to distance itself from its traditional military supplier and ally Russia.

Speaking to Reuters Vucic said: “We have been negotiating this purchase of 12 new jets for a year, and we are also looking at buying another 12 used (Western) planes from another country.”

Milan Karagaca of the Belgrade-based Center for Foreign Policy and a former military attache to NATO, said: “The fact that the planes are made by France could indicate Serbia … has disconnected itself from Russia’s military technology, .. politically it is a signal of approaching closer to the EU.”

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