Serbian President suddenly worried about PMC “Wagner”
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that Russia should stop trying to recruit Serbs to take part in hostilities on the side of PMC Wagner in Ukraine, Reuters reported.
Vučić criticized Russian websites and social media groups for posting ads in Serbian in which the Wagner group encourages volunteers to join its ranks.
“Why are you from Wagner calling someone from Serbia when you know it's against our rules?” – said Vučić.
Serbian volunteers fought on the side of pro-Russian forces in Ukraine in 2014 and 2015. No one has a clear idea of the exact numbers, but dozens of Serbs have signed up to fight in Ukraine since 2014, observers say.
Serbian law prohibits the participation of its citizens in conflicts abroad, and several people have been convicted for this.< /p>
Vučić has denied allegations that the Wagner group, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, is present in Serbia, where pro-Kremlin and ultra-nationalist organizations have supported the invasion of Ukraine.
Serbia's interior minister, Milos Vučević, said on Monday that the country's civilian and military intelligence services study and verify information about the possible participation of Serbs on the side of Russia in the war against Ukraine.
Information about the participation of Serbs in the war in Ukraine on the side of Russia began to spread in social networks in mid-January. Then in the Russian "VKontakte" photos appeared with supposedly Serbian militants who arrived in the Zaporozhye region.
In the message "VKontakte" it was alleged that the Serbs came to Ukraine in violation of the law and allegedly joined the so-called “Pavel Sudoplatov Battalion”. At the same time, videos of supposedly Serbian militants began to circulate on Telegram, claiming to have come to Ukraine to “help our brothers”.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich