“About 30 members of the Ohio National Guard are participating alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces in the first combined medical engagement between the three militaries, Dec. 4-15 in the Republic of Angola. The two-week trilateral engagement, called PAMBALA 2017, consists of two phases. Phase one, which kicked off Dec. 4 in Luanda, is focused on joint educational training in topics related to disease containment, risk mitigation, tropical diseases and prevention of hemorrhagic fever. Phase two will consist of a four-day clinical operations mission at a field hospital in the Bengo province, run by military medical providers from Angola, Serbia and the U.S. The field hospital will be focused on providing services and training on preventative medicine, pediatrics, family practice, dermatology, optometry, dentistry, and obstetrics and gynecology.” (US Embassy in Belgrade)

“Speaking for TASS ahead of his trip to Moscow, the Serbian president (Aleksandar Vucic) revealed that his country plans to buy at least six Russian helicopters and air defense missile systems.’Serbia is on the European path, but the difference between Serbia and other countries in the region is that Serbia does not want to join NATO. Ten days ago, I was in Brussels, at NATO’s headquarters, and told the 29 leaders of the NATO member-countries that Serbia has no intention of joining NATO. Serbia will maintain its military neutrality. That has been Serbia’s policy, and it will continue to be so,’ Vucic said.  ‘We have received six Russian MiG-29 warplanes, which are now undergoing modernization,’ he continued, and added: ‘We expect they will be in full operational readiness within months. We have other applications: we want to buy weapons, we want to buy at least six military transport helicopters and air defense systems.’ ‘Serbia is an independent country, a military neutral country, so we must be strong militarily to be able to defend our land. I hope to discuss this and many other topics with Vladimir Putin,’ Vucic said.” (B92)

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats Twitter page was involved in an online exchange with the Russian Embassy in Canada over Kosovo and Crimea. The Russian Embassy in Canada posted, “After Mr. Thaci’s recent visit to Ottawa and his anti-Russian comments to Canadian media we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that ,” which the House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats page rebutted, “We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that #Kosovo is independent and #Crimea is #Ukraine.” It did not end there – the Russian Embassy in Canada sent a string of Tweets doubling down on their views, “I don’t think so, House Committee. You have totally wrong understanding of history. ,” and “In case our American colleagues forgot we’d like to refresh their memory on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, June 10, 1999. Also, remember, . Here’s the link to the full text of the Resolution (in English): .” (source: Twitter)

“President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic met today (December 9) with the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, Boyko Borisov, Alexis Tsipras and Mihai Tudose. ‘Serbia is honored to host the three prime ministers and their delegations. I told our guests that there is only one way to insult us, and that is to tell us that we were not good hosts and hospitable. I hope we can meet these expectations in these two days’ said Vucic. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he is happy to be in Belgrade again. He also said that it was of great importance to take into account that three of the four countries are already in the EU. ‘We believe that the EU would soon need to correct a big mistake, which is how Europe has treated the Balkans so far. Serbia cannot be outside the European family any longer.’ Tsipras said.'” (translated from Blic)