US threatens Serbia with ‘deep freeze’ – media

The US will “freeze” cooperation with Serbian intelligence because its chief is too pro-Russian, a pro-Western outlet has claimed

US threatens Serbia with ‘deep freeze’ – media

US threatens Serbia with ‘deep freeze’ – media

American spies will reportedly boycott their colleagues in Belgrade over ‘pro-Russian’ chief

Washington is unhappy with Belgrade’s choice of spy chief and intends to suspend intelligence cooperation until Serbia rethinks its “personnel solutions,” local CNN affiliate N1 claimed on Friday, citing unnamed diplomatic sources. 

N1, the US has signaled to Serbia repeatedly that it disapproved of the appointment, most recently at a meeting between Ambassador Christopher Hill and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic last week.

“Reliable sources” told the outlet that Hill threatened a “deep freeze” in cooperation between the BIA and the US intelligence community, noting that Vulin presented a “major problem” for Washington.

The CNN affiliate claims the US considers Vulin pro-Russian. As evidence, N1 pointed to Vulin’s multiple meetings with Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s national security council, while he was in charge of the police. They also brought up the accusations by Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza that Vulin had him wiretapped on Moscow’s behalf. Vulin has denied the allegations and said he would sue Kara-Murza for libel.

Following Hill’s meeting with Dacic last week, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic made a cryptic remark about Belgrade crawling with spies, calling the Serbian capital “the new Casablanca,” in reference to the famous WWII Hollywood movie. 

“obviously preparing various things,” without naming their countries of origin or objectives.