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Serbian defense minister positive for virus


In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020. file photo, Serbia Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus attends the session in Belgrade, Serbia. The Defense Ministry says Serbia’s Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian government says Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Defense Ministry says in a statement issued on Saturday that Vulin has no symptoms of the virus and is feeling fine.

Vulin, known for his highly pro-Russian stance, was part of Serbia’s delegation led by President Aleksandar Vucic that attended a Victory Day parade this week in Moscow. Vucic met face to face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it was not clear whether Vulin did so as well.

Maja Gojkovic, the speaker of Serbia’s parliament, also tested positive, according to the state Tanjug news agency on Saturday.

Serbia has seen a spike in coronavirus cases since lifting strict lockdown measures in May, allowing large gatherings without obligatory social distancing or masks.

Vucic has announced he will reintroduce the tough measures if the spike continues. Serbia has so far registered more than 13,500 cases and 265 deaths from COVID-19.

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