Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Aleksandar Bocan Harchenko agreed on Monday to continue training Serbian police officers in Russian higher education institutions.
The training will focus on the fight against terrorism, organized crime and high technology, illegal drug trafficking, as well as in the field of emergency situations, the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs announced.
Earlier, Vulin announced a joint anti-terrorist exercise of special units of Serbia and Russia, which will be held in the fall.
In May, Vulin visited the base of the National Guard of the Russian Federation, known as Rosgvardiya.
At the time, he said, Serbia was “cooperating well with all the security services of the Russian Federation.”
Rosgvardiya, according to information on its website, was established in April 2016, by decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rosgvardiya is under Putin’s direct control.
Serbia co-operates with Russia in the fields of security and defense and maintains close ties with it, despite European Union demands that Serbia – as a candidate country for EU membership – harmonize its foreign policy with that of the bloc.
The European Union has imposed sanctions on Russia after the latter annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea in 2014.
Serbia has not joined these sanctions.