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Russia sends S-400 missile system to Serbia as part of joint exercises

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russia has sent a battalion of S-400 missile and Panzer anti-aircraft systems to Belgrade in the first joint military exercise between the two countries in Serbia, the defense ministry said.

The systems will be deployed at the Batainica base outside the capital as part of the October 23-29 exercise, the ministry said in a statement.

This is the first time that the systems “S-400” and “Pantzer” will appear in military exercises outside Russia, according to the statement.

Units of the Russian and Serbian air defense forces will jointly carry out various missions, including the detection and destruction of “all types of enemy air targets”.

The exercise comes after the first phase of the joint Russian-Serbian air defense exercises, “Slavic Shield 2019”, which took place in the Russian province of Astrakhan in September.

Belgrade is Moscow’s main ally on the outskirts of Europe. Russian President Vladimir Putin was warmly received when he traveled to the country in January.

Despite seeking to join the European Union, Serbia has maintained good relations with Russia.

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