Russia and Serbia are working to open a Russian defense ministry office in Belgrade.
A document seen by Reuters showed that the Russian ministry was authorized to proceed with opening the office. The document signed by Prime Minister Mkhail Mishustin said that the office would “assist in resolving military and technical questions over Russian-Serbian cooperation.”
The Serbian government also confirmed on Tuesday that it has launched related legal proceedings before they sign an agreement with Russia on the matter.
Once signed, the agreement would further strengthen relations between the two countries, providing among other things for Russian officials to visit Serbian army.
Serbia is Russia’s closest ally in the Balkans. The country has been consolidating relations with Russia and China, while it’s also working for membership in the European Union.