“US Ambassador to Belgrade Kyle Scott has said that some citizens of Serbia had exaggerated hopes when they thought that the choice of Donald Trump for the new US president would mark a change of policy to Serbia and the region. ‘Perhaps this hope was exaggerated because all land policy is based on interests and there has been no significant changes in the administration of the President of Trump, which is dedicated to the importance of Europe and the full integration of Serbia into the European Union,’ said Scott in an interview for Blic.” (translated from Beta, full interview in Serbian available here)

The Serbian Army is strong enough to be a deterring factor, and few could even consider attacking Serbia ‘without paying a very high price.’ This is according to Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin, who spoke for the pink.rs website, Beta reported on Monday. Vulin said that in addition to the six MiG-29 warplanes donated by Russia, along with 30 modernized T-72 tanks, Serbia will receive 30 armored infantry vehicles. ‘We hope to introduce into service at least seven different weapons and tools from the domestic production. We are preparing 95 different projects to enter into the armaments of our military, from our smarts and our defense industry. Therefore, the army will be modernized in accordance with the world’s highest standards,’ he said. (B92)

“The Serbian government has set aside EUR 250,000 ($300,451) for the newly established Solidarity Fund of the Serb Republic (RS) for treatment of children abroad. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said this is Banja Luka on Wednesday.Brnabic stressed that Serbia does this primarily because people in Serbia and in the RS – the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina – are ‘bound by ties of great friendship and solidarity.’ The prime minister was taking part in a donors’ dinner when she mentioned as as good example Fund B92’s humanitarian campaign ‘Battle for the Babies’ that moved from Serbia to Bosnia-Herzegovina several years ago, when 33 incubators for prematurely born babies were donated to hospitals in Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Brcko, Trebinje, and Prijedor.” (InSerbia)

“Serbian officials say they have uncovered a stockpile of highly toxic waste materials illegally buried in containers at a private property near the capital, Belgrade. The Serbian Environment Ministry said on December 29 that a cache of some 25 tons of chemical waste, including benzene and toluene, was buried in poorly sealed barrels in a storage area in the town of Obrenovac, about 50 kilometers southwest of Belgrade. An environmental official told reporters that the police action helped avert ‘an environmental catastrophe.'” (RFERL)