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Russian S-400 air defense system sent to Serbia for Slavic Shield 2019 (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 359.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Russia’s delivery of S-400 air defense systems to Serbia for its first ever drill abroad. The S-400 missile systems will be showcased in the second stage of joint Russian-Serbian ‘Slavic Shield 2019’ drills, the ministry said in a statement.

A division of Russia’s S-400 Triumph and Pantsir-S1 missile systems arrived at Batajnica Air Base near Belgrade for military exercises with video footage released by Russia’s Ministry of Defense. It marks the first time that the missile systems have taken part in a drill abroad. The first stage of Slavic Shield 2019 took place in Russia’s Astrakhan region in September. The second part took place on October 23rd and concluded on October 29th.

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Via RT…

Moscow sent its latest S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile systems to the Balkans for their first ever exercise abroad.

The S-400s, along with a battery of Pantsirs, were deployed at Batajnica Air Base, 25km from Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. They are there to take part in the ‘Slavic Shield 2019’ joint military drill.

It is the first Russian-Serbian exercise of its kind, as well as the first time Moscow’s state-of-the-art air defense missile systems have taken part in a drill abroad.

Serbian troops had the opportunity to observe the S-400s in action last month, when the first phase of the drill was launched in southern Russia.

The countries share a long history of friendly relations and, despite being surrounded by NATO member states, Belgrade remains Russia’s closest ally in the Balkans. Last year, Russia delivered jets, helicopters, tanks, APCs, and radars to Serbia. The country is currently expecting a delivery of Pantsir-S1s, while some of its politicians expressed interest in obtaining S-400s as well.

S-400s were recently purchased by Turkey and India. Both states were pressured by the US to scrap the contracts but went ahead with the deals anyway.

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Olivia Kroth
November 9, 2019

Unfortunately, Serbia withdrew under pressure.

Olivia Kroth
November 9, 2019

TASS: Serbia gives up purchase of S-400 systems over threat of US sanctions Earlier, it was reported that Serbian authorities were considering buying S-400 surface-to-air missile systems on long-term credit BELGRADE, November 6. /TASS/. Serbia does not intend to purchase Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an interview with the RTS national television on Wednesday. Vucic earlier attended the Slavic Shield-2019 Russian-Serbian drills where he personally examined S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and a battery of Pantsyr-S anti-aircraft missile/gun launchers. After examining the S-400s, the Serbian leader said that one day Serbia would be able… Read more »

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