Serbia: Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of bunks for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if people ignore his government’s lockdown orders.

Serbia jails man for three years for breaking corona self-isolation rule

BELGRADE, March 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Three people have been given hefty prison sentences of up to three years in Serbia for breaking self-isolation rules imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Serbia has declared a state of emergency and adopted strict measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has seen 530 people infected and eight die in the Balkan nation.

Chinese medical experts are Serbia's most valuable resource in fighting COVID-19: PM

BELGRADE, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Sunday that Chinese medical experts are "the most valuable resource in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus infection."

Brnabic made the remark while meeting with the six Chinese medical experts along with Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar and Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo.

Noting that the novel coronavirus is still under-explored, Brnabic said Serbia put its biggest hopes in the Chinese expertise.

Serbian capital puts into use new section of int'l highway

BELGRADE, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- A new section of Serbia's international E-763 highway has been completed three months ahead of deadline by a Chinese company, and opened for traffic at a ceremony in the outskirts of Belgrade on Wednesday.

The ceremony was attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, and Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo.

Serbian president plans to discuss gas supplies, global events with Putin

BELGRADE, December 4. /TASS/: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has told national television he plans to discuss Russian gas supplies to Serbian consumers, railway projects and boosting trade between Moscow and Belgrade at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Serbian president calls Vladimir Putin a true friend of Serbia

BELGRADE, November 23. /TASS/: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a true friend of Serbia, the country’s President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters on Saturday when asked about his upcoming visit to Sochi.

"As far as President Putin and my visit are concerned, we are getting ready. We will have a big and high-ranking delegation, as it is an exclusively important meeting for us. I believe that President Putin is a sincere friend of Serbia. As president of Serbia, I must protect the interests of Serbia and will continue doing this," he said.

Serbian president talks visit to Russia on December 4 with Russian envoy

BELGRADE, November 21. /TASS/: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has discussed his visit to Sochi on December 4 with Russian Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, the presidential press service said on Thursday.

"One of the topics at the meeting was preparations taken for a working visit of President Vucic to Russia on December 4 and his conversation with President Putin," the statement reads. Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin was also present at the meeting between the leader and the ambassador.

Serbia considering asking Russia for long-term loan to purchase S-400 systems — media

BELGRADE, November 1. /TASS/: The Serbian government is considering the purchase of Russian missile defense systems S-400 through obtaining a long-term loan, the Vecherne Novosti daily informed on Friday, citing its own sources.

"Serbia’s military and state leadership was impressed by the efficiency of the S-400 system [during the recent drills "Slavic Shield-2019" with the participation of the Russian military]. In the coming months, they might hold talks with Moscow on acquiring a long-term loan for the purchase this missile defense system," the newspaper wrote.

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