Ministry of defence Republic of Serbia

Minister Stefanović: It is a downright lie that Serbian soldiers are being recruited to supplement Russian armed forces

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović, PhD, said today that the claims that Serbian soldiers are being recruited to supplement the Russian armed forces in Ukraine are downright lies.

“This is dangerous misinformation spread by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and we demand that it be withdrawn immediately. The participation of Serbian citizens in armed conflicts abroad is a serious crime punishable by a several years’ prison sentence. A few days ago, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, once again confirmed that everyone who leaves Serbia in order to fight in Ukraine will be severely punished, regardless of whose side they fight on. Serbia supports a peaceful solution to this conflict and will not allow its commitment to peace to be called into question in any way“, said Minister Stefanović.