US mulling sanctions against Serbia over Russia arms deals

Serbia's foreign minister has expressed hope that the U.S. won't introduce sanctions against the Balkan country as he met a U.S. official in charge of embargo against the states which purchase weapons from Russia

Dacic said Serbia is pursuing a course of military neutrality between Russia and the West and the country "has nothing to hide."

"We have no intention to create any problems in our relations with the United States," Dacic said. "On the other hand, we have our own interests when it comes to the defense of our territorial integrity and sovereignty."

Zerzecki did not speak, but the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade had previously urged against "transactions with Russia that risk triggering sanctions."

In a separate statement on Friday, the Embassy said that the purpose of the visit "was not to announce a decision on sanctions."

"The United States welcomes the transparency exhibited by the Serbian government with regard to its intentions and activities," the statement said.