DefMin says Serbia is number 1 regional military power

Beta/ Ministarstvo odbrane Srbije/ Darimir Banda

Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Tuesday that Serbia has become the number 1 military power in the region through investments into the military and defense industry over the past 10 years.

A Defense Ministry press release quoted Stefanovic as telling the pro-regime tabloid Informer that the fact that Serbia is ranked 61st on the Global Firepower list is an indication of the extent of the investments in the Serbian military which, he said, was developed and strengthened over the past 10 years.

According to the Defense Minister, those investments showed the importance of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s vision and of the defense system. “The Serbian military is a strong deterent which will force anyone who even thinks they can easily play with Serbia and jeopardize the security of our people to think twice before they try anything,” Stefanovic said.

The Global Firepower list ranked Serbia 61st among 142 countries, ahead of the countries of the Western Balkans.