BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian media are reporting that the government has named a staunchly pro-Russian politician as the Balkan state’s new spy chief. Serbian state TV said Thursday that Aleksandar Vulin, who was Serbia’s interior minister in the previous government and had served as defense minister before that, is taking over as the director of BIA, Serbia’s intelligence agency. As Serbia’s interior minister, Vulin visited Moscow in August, a rare trip by a European state official that underscored Belgrade’s refusal to join Western sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine.
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