08/16/2016. | 14: 09> 15:28
Vice President Joseph Biden arrived with his wife in Belgrade for talks with Serbian President and Prime Minister. Biden was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
US Vice President was welcomed with bread and salt offered by a girl in the traditional costumes of Prizren, Serbian city from the 19th century.
US Vice-President will in the Palace of Serbia meet the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, with which will address the media, followed by a talk with the President Tomislav Nikolic.
Due to the visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Leuven security measures were raised to the highest level, a nearly five thousand officers and members of the Army of Serbia will take care of the guests' safety.
It is closed part of the highway that passes through New Belgrade and all crosses on this road, and it will be closed also some city roads, on the route that Biden will travel on.
Two days in Kosovo
US Vice President tonight travels to Kosovo, where according to announcements from Pristina, he is to stay for two days.
On Wednesday, he will meet with the President and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and Isa Mustafa.
Biden and his wife Jill will visit the city in the vicinity of US Camp Bondsteel where he will participate in the ceremony dedicated to the appointment of a street in honor of their late son Boa Biden, which should also address the crowd.
Slavic Brotherhood 2016: Russian Airborne Troops to Take Part in Drills in Serbia
BELGRADE – The Russian Airborne Forces will send its intelligence units to the Slavic Brotherhood-2016 international drills in Serbia, the forces’ deputy commander for peacekeeping operations said Tuesday.
The Airborne Forces Chief of Staff said earlier this month that its units would depart for Serbia in September to take part in joint drills, before heading to Egypt in October.
“The joint exercises in Serbia will involve intelligence units and equipment drills. At the moment, the issue of the participation of a third party, the Republic of Belarus, is still being decided. They will be a continuation of the exercises, which were held last year near Novorossiysk, ‘The Slavic Brotherhood,’ with the only difference being that then combined arms units participated [in the drills], while in Serbia it will involve intelligence units,” Alexander Vyaznikov told RIA Novosti.
The Slavic Brotherhood – 2015 joint tactic exercise of Russian, Belarus and Serbian armed forces was held at the Rayevsky range in the Krasnodar Territory on September 2-5, 2015.
More than 700 service personnel, including the re-enforced battalion of the 7th Russian Airborne Guards assault division, a separate company of the Serbian Airborne troops, two Belarus special task companies, and more than 20 aircraft took part in the exercises.
Russia offers to Serbia to donate Migs, but under one condition
M. R. Petrović | 16. 08. 2016 to 07: 00h
Russia could to Serbia donate six fighter aircraft MiG-29. The only condition it would have to meet is to pay for their overhaul, given that the aircraft are not currently in use.
Serbian military delegation, as for "Blic" says a source from the Army of Serbia who wished to remain anonymous, recently visited Russia, where they were shown the aircraft which their lifespan should continue in units of the Serbian Air Force.
Planes as a present, but ...
- These aircraft need overhaul. Negotiations on what kind of arrangement will be concluded is in the course. One option is to get the planes as a gift, or to pay for their overhaul. If that is agreed, our goal is to ensure that the overhaul is not done in Russia, but with us. With this we would employ our industry, and mastere new technology - says our source.
All this, of course, is a process that will take a long time. Price overhaul would depend on the level of equipment that could be built into planes. And there are two possible options - airplanes to be equipped with equipment from Russian manufacturers, but also that their equipment be of Western origin.
Five Mig 29 of Serbian aviation were overhauled in Russia from 2008 to 2010. The price of this transaction was 2.7 billion dinars, or about 27 million Euros, according to the then exchange rate.
For one mig - 65 million Euros
Resources of four aircraft of this type (Fifth crashed in July 2009 shortly after returning from a refit) expire in 2018. For the purchase of a new aircraft MiG-29 is, according to some estimates, necessary to allocate about $ 65 million Euros apiece.
Long before the new aircraft, to Serbia should arrive more new helicopters. This would set the process of restoring aviation that was started by buying two helicopters Mi-17, at a price of 25,349 euros easch, that were delivered to Serbia on 28 June.
This time, however, the purchase of Western technologies is considered, ie helicopters produced by the Franco - German company "Airbus". Currently is in inception a state commission for negotiations with "Airbus", composed of the two generals of Serbian aviation.
What Serbia still wants
Serbia is, in fact, interested in the purchase of light helicopters H -145M, which can also serve to fight, but also to transport 10 soldiers, or about 1,600 pounds of cargo.
The helicopter can be equipped 7 or 12-tube unguided rocket launcher or laser-guided missiles, 20 mm cannon and 12.7 mm machine gun.
About required quantities government is still to decide, although it has previously discussed the purchase of two "Airbus" helicopters. Then, however, speculated about the procurement of medium transport helicopters "Super Puma", but it has finally given the advantageto the Russian Mi-17