d_taddei2 wrote:I know that M-84 and T-72 are similar I just wondering why purchase from Russia surely easier to upgrade what you have using companies in your own country.
If you are referring to those 30 T-72 that we are supposed to get from Russia those are not purchased, they are donated. We are not really hurting for tanks but if it's free then hell, why not, bring em over, can't hurt to have extra. Gift horse and all that.
Of course Serbia doesn't need huge numbers have they money to purchase any of this equipment at least to the levels of replacing old equipment. I also wonder how surrounding countries would feel is Serbia purchased around 12 sumadija? Would they feel threatened?
Well as for neighbours, Serbia and Croatia have nice little pissing contest where politicians get to raise noise in public which results in making them look tough in front of voters, NATO giving some free old stuff to Croatia and us getting to make some new stuff for ourselves. Synergy.
One half of Bosnia will be panicking as usual but other half will have opposite reaction so that's all good.
Now that Montenegro has become "crucial" part of NATO they will be screaming bloody murder how those vile monstrous Serbs will invade them but nobody relevant gives a shit about them (seriously, that place is a joke). Expect same narrative as Kiev only with much less real life gunfire for next couple of decades.
As for other neighbors that are all cool, no problems.