Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday called on countries in the region not to arm themselves, saying Serbia too would see to its protection and that he had asked the United States not to deliver weapons to Croatia.
Commenting for Pink TV on Croatia's intention to procure ballistic missiles, Vucic said he could not see what Croatia would do with them and with launchers.
"We ask everyone in our neighbourhood not to do that, but if they do it, we will have to protect our country," he said, adding that he "said so to everyone in the most direct way" and that he asked the Americans not to deliver weapons to Croatia.
He said Croatia had not yet received the weapons and that US representatives had assured him that they understood his message. "I hope they won't receive them. If they do, we'll have an answer ready."
"My job is for Serbia to be a safe and protected country. Serbia wants peace. It won't and doesn't want to threaten anyone, but its citizens will be protected," Vucic said.