The congressman explained that the US must carefully analyze Russian-Serbian military ties and assess their consequences for the US national security policy and Serbia’s membership in the NATO Partnership for Peace, as well as the consequences for Serbia’s neighbors.
He said that Russia has recently donated to Serbia $600 million worth of weapons, including six MIG-29 "Fulcrum" combat aircraft, 30 tanks and 30 BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles.
The congressman from New York also added that Serbia is now seeking Russia's S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems.
“Frankly, I am more and more concerned about the choices Belgrade makes when it comes to military and security issues. Which is why I wrote today’s amendment,” Engel said on Friday.
Commenting on the US demand, Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician Emir Kusturica told Sputnik Serbia that "the whole world is aware that there are a lot more serious armed forces stationed on Russia's borders than those of Adolf Hitler back in the years of the Second World War."
"However I think Vladimir Putin knows how to respond: his strategy is the strategy of a judo master, who is able to use the force of another person to his own advantage," he said.
While commenting on the potential risk of a military confrontation between Russia and the alliance, Emir Kusturica said that Russia has always been a strong country. Military analysts however suggest that if any conflict breaks out, it won't be on Russian territory, but somewhere else in the world.