Dusan Stojanovic, The Associated Press

  • In this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, left, reviews an honor guard on the tarmac at Batajnica, military airport near Belgrade, Serbia. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
    Serbia considers buying Chinese missiles despite US warning

    Serbia is considering buying a modern Chinese air defense missile system, the Serbian president said Tuesday, as the United States warned that such deals with Beijing could jeopardize the Balkan country’s proclaimed European Union membership goals.

  • A guard stands at the entrance of the Montenegrin Defense Ministry on Nov. 11, 2019, in Montenegro's capital Podgorica. (Risto Bozovic/AP)
    US military, Montenegro plot strategy against cyberattacks ahead of 2020 elections

    Deployed inside the sprawling communist-era army command headquarters in Montenegro’s capital, an elite team of U.S. military cyber experts are plotting strategy in a fight against potential Russian and other cyberattacks ahead of the 2020 American and Montenegrin elections.

  • Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks with a pilot of MiG-29 jet fighter on the tarmac at Batajnica, military airport near Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Serbia's air force has taken the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an arms purchase that has the potential to heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
    Serbia takes delivery of 2 Russian fighter jets

    Serbia’s air force on Tuesday took the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow’s influence in the region.

  • Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti participates in a Jan. 17, 2018, joint press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
    Serbia blasts top NATO general over Russia

    Serbia’s defense minister blasted NATO’s top general on Monday for saying that one of the biggest threats for Europe is increasing Russian influence in the Balkans.

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, people stand by a billboard showing Russian, left, and Serbian flags, reading:
    EU and Russia vie for influence in volatile Balkans region

    For years, Russia has worked to gain influence in Southeast Europe, using Serbia as a foothold to establish a friendly pocket on a hostile continent. The European Union finally is pushing back.

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a joint news conference after talks with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
    Turkey's Erdogan says arrested US consulate staffer is a spy

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday branded a U.S. consulate staffer who was arrested by Turkish authorities a spy and said it was Turkey’s rights to take steps against “an internal threat,” in the latest swipe in an escalating feud with the United States.