Contribution to the research of Yugoslav military policy 1958-1961. Cover Image
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Прилог проучавању југословенске војне политике 1958–1961. године
Contribution to the research of Yugoslav military policy 1958-1961.

Author(s): Ivan Laković
Subject(s): History
Published by: Историјски институт Црне Горe
Keywords: Josip Broz Tito; Yugoslavia; USA; USSR; military aid, military policy

Summary/Abstract: A new constellation of its international relations emerged from signed Balkan Pact with Greece and Turkey, de facto solved Trieste question, successful détente with USSR, and overall consolidation of country’s position in the region, allowed Yugoslav leadership to step out from the program of US’ military aid. Despite the fact that the mentioned program presented the only reliable source for modernization of Yugoslav armed forces, they judged its political price as too heavy. During the next three years, a material stagnation of the army was risked in order to achieve more balanced position between the blocks. Yugoslavia retained the close economic relations with West and continued the military cooperation with western countries on the commercial base, but also opened a door for the acquisition of the Soviet military equipment. Diversifying the directions of the most important international relations, Yugoslavia strengthened its middle position between the confronted blocks of powers, having been very careful not to endanger it by any kind of getting too close to any of them.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 227-239
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Serbian