Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base

Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base



October 17, 2017
Updated: October 17, 2017 5:36am



Photo: Darko Vojinovic, AP

FILE – This Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, shows rubber boats with stickers in Russian that read: “From Russia to Serbian people” in a warehouse in a “Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center” near an airport in the town of Nis, Serbia. Russia on Tuesday Oct. 17, 2017 pressured Serbia to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility near Nis, that U.S. officials believe could become Kremlin’s spy base in the Balkans. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s office said Tuesday that Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin urged him to hold a meeting “as soon as possible” to resolve the status of the center. Moscow has repeatedly denied reports the alleged disaster relief center in the southern city of Nis could become a spy center.

FILE – This Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, shows rubber…

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia increased pressure on Serbia on Tuesday to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility that U.S. officials believe could become Kremlin’s spy base in the Balkans.

Moscow has repeatedly denied reports that the so-called “Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center” in the southern city of Nis was a base for Russia to eavesdrop on the West in the Balkans — a tense region where Russia is vying for influence. Moscow says the center is only for humanitarian missions.


Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s office said that during a meeting on Tuesday, Russian Ambassador to…

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