Serbia accuses Russia of spy plot after video leak

Russian President Vladimir Putin decorates Serbian President Alexandar Vucic with an order of Alexander Nevsky after their meeting in Belgrade in JanuaryPicture copyright
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Vladimir Putin, left, and Alexandar Vucic have an excellent relationship


The Serbian president has mentioned his nation’s safety companies have uncovered spying by Russian brokers.

Aleksandar Vucic confirmed a Russian intelligence official had a gathering with a retired Serbian army officer throughout which cash modified fingers.


A YouTube video of the December assembly surfaced on the weekend.

Mr Vucic mentioned his officers had additionally discovered proof of 10 different contacts between Russian brokers and Serbian officers.

However he insisted these incidents wouldn’t have an effect on Serbia’s shut relations with Russia. He mentioned he was certain President Vladimir Putin was not knowledgeable in regards to the actions of the Russian brokers.

What does the video present?

The video seems to indicate a Russian intelligence officer giving cash to a Serbian man in Belgrade. The pair additionally go to a bar.

The Russian is recognized as Lt-Col Georgy Kleban, a former assistant army attache at Russia’s embassy in Belgrade, greeting a retired Serbian military officer recognized solely as ZK.

The video was not made by Serbian brokers and the president didn’t disclose who filmed it.

Have Russian spies misplaced their contact?

What did the president say?

“On a number of events, Serbian safety businesses gathered audio and video proof of contacts between Lt-Col Kleban and members of the Serbian military,” Mr Vucic informed a information convention.

Efforts to hold out video surveillance of the pair by Serbian brokers have been hampered because of the Russian having his personal safety element, he added.

However Serbian brokers had proof regarding different Russian spies, the president mentioned.

“There have been 10 contacts with three sources,” he mentioned.

He insisted the episode wouldn’t bitter sturdy relations between the allies.

“We won’t change our coverage in direction of Russia, which we see as a brotherly and pleasant nation… however we are going to strengthen our personal intelligence defences,” Mr Vucic mentioned.

“There was solely factor I’ve requested the Russian ambassador in the present day – I’ve solely requested him – Why?”

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