EU File: New arms race heats up between former enemies in Yugoslav Wars after NATO member Croatia blocks Serbia’s accession to EU, Zagreb obtained 16 US-built surplus M270 MLRS earlier this year, provoking reaction from Serbian PM Vucic: “Any place in central Serbia can be targeted from Zagreb or any other place”; Russia eager to arm Serbia, FM Lavrov in Belgrade on Dec. 12, preps weapons deal with counterpart Dacic, Serbia to acquire six MiG-29 fighter jets, Buk-M1/M2 anti-missile batteries (after initially considering costlier S-300 system), deal to be finalized on Dec. 21 when Vucic visits Moscow; Serbian FM Dacic blasts Croatia: “No one can attack Serbia or put the Republika Srpska [in Bosnia-Herzegovina] in jeopardy without an appropriate reaction from Belgrade”; Dacic cadre of Socialist Party of Serbia, political platform of deceased dictator Slobodan Milosevic (d. 2006), successor org to ruling League of Communists of Serbia; fearing potential Russian military base, EU demands Moscow shut down “humanitarian center” in Nis, Serbia; prosecution, defense offer final comments in Ratko Mladic case at The Hague, former Bosnian Serb cmdr., ex-communist faces charges of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity

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