Neither Russia nor Serbia Needs a Russian Military Base in the Balkans

NEW – August 18, 2022

The statement of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić that no military bases will be located on the territory of his country is beneficial to Russia.

This was stated on the air of the radio station “Komsomolskaya Pravda” by political analyst Oleg Bondarenko.

“There can be no Russian or American base on the territory controlled by the Serbs. This is very profitable for us, because I can hardly imagine how there can be a Russian base there. I can easily imagine how an Austrian base could have ended up there,” the expert said.

He believes that the Russian military base will not benefit either Russia or Serbia.

“With the appearance of its military base, Russia would harm Serbia, because Serbia, like Yugoslavia before, can exist in the only possible paradigm. This is the paradigm of balance, the non-aligned movement, a kind of neutral corridor between the West and the East.

Serbia is located not in Tajikistan, not in Armenia, or even in Moldova, but almost in the geographical centre of Europe. All around is a solid NATO, solid EU. Therefore, now Serbia will be useful to Europe only in the guise of a neutral country. This is the only country where planes fly to Moscow from Europe today. It confirms its neutral status in practice,” Bondarenko said.

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