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September 24, 2021: An exhibition by Bojan Dimitrijević, an associate of the Institute, was opened in the hall of the National Assembly
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Agreement on Military Assistance between the USA and Yugoslavia, an exhibition of photographs about the time when the then armed forces were equipped with American planes, tanks, cannons, vehicles and other weapons was opened on September 24 in the hall of the Serbian National Assembly. Thanks to the Institute of Contemporary History, which organized the exhibition "Cold War Alliance: American Military Aid to Yugoslavia, 70 Years from the Beginning", US Ambassador to Serbia Anthony Godfrey pointed out that America and Serbia still have a strong military partnership and that security cooperation rests on common traditions and common challenges. The agreement with America was signed on November 14, 1951, during the Cold War and the bad relations of Yugoslavia with the USSR, and as the author of the exhibition explained, the associate of the Institute, Dr. Bojan Dimitrijevic, the value of the agreement was 800 million dollars. Based on it, more than 600 fighter planes, 1,000 tanks, 1,000 artillery pieces, 20,000 vehicles, as well as other equipment arrived in Yugoslavia from the United States. "The Yugoslav army was involved in the joint planning of the United States and NATO in Europe until the 'Trieste crisis', and the most important thing is that it received weapons - from submachine guns, tanks, special equipment to aviation and equipment," Dimitrijevic said. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Branko Ruzic pointed out that some key moments in history should not be forgotten. Throughout history, we have or have had various oscillations in relations with the United States, and these things should not be forgotten, because that is part of history, said Ruzic and assessed those deliveries of American military aid during the Cold War enabled qualitative and quantitative development of the Yugoslav Army.