On October the 7th, on the very same day that president Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, giving free hand to the Turkish president Erdoğan in dealing with the Kurdish militia and custody over ISIS prisoners, Serbian news announced a new deal between Turkey and Serbia on matters of crime and international terrorism. For Turkey, two important aspects of that deal are that the Turkish police will now be sent to patrol the streets of Serbia, and “offer help” in deterring future migrants and international terrorists. According to Serbian media:
Serbian and Turkish police officers will patrol the streets of Serbian cities during the tourist season after Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday. The Turkish police officers will not have the powers they have at home and will not be armed.
They will be tasked with helping their Serbian counterparts deal with Turkish nationals, illegal border crossings and migrant trafficking, reporters were told after the agreement was signed. Stefanovic and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also signed an inter-governmental agreement on security cooperation to upgrade the fight against trans-national crime, especially terrorism, organized crime, people smuggling and trafficking.
The last major Turkish investment in Serbia was in December last year with EUR500,000 worth of investment by Ormo Group which opened the Lebanteks factory in Leban. In the first factory, after 30 years, first new jobs were given to 300 workers, with perspective of more employment. Ormo Group is the largest exporter of wool in the world, and Lebanteks is the first factory opened outside Turkey. Some other big Turkish factories opened their branches in Serbia: in October 2016, Aster (one of the biggest textile companies in Turkey) opened a factory in Niš, with a plan to employ up to 2,000 workers. Tibet Moda opened a textile company in Ćuprija, while Teklas Automotive invested more than EUR11m in a factory in Vladičin Han. In April 2017, Büreleşik bought Beko factory, and in October last year Taypa Textil Güylim invested EUR35m in Kraljevo factory.
 According to the Financial Observer, “In beginning of 2018, Turkey and Serbia ratified the Free Trade Agreement, which allows export of 5,000 tons of beef from Serbia to Turkey. In addition, this agreement will, for the first time, allow duty-free exports from Serbia to Turkey of a limited amount of raw and refined sunflower oil, sunflower seeds and certain types of bakery products. Serbia would be able to export to Turkey 25,000 tons of raw sunflower oil, 10,000 tons of refined, 15,000 tons of sunflower seed, 5,000 tons of soybean, 500 tons of industrial feed, 500 tons of food for dogs and cats, and 500 tons of coats. On the other hand, Turkey should double its pea exports to Serbia from 350 to 700 tons, beans from 300 to 600 tons, sugar maize from 1,000 to 2,000 tons and dry plums from 200 to 400 tons. As previously announced, Serbian businessmen will be able to import without any customs duties pomegranate, strawberry, eggplant, zucchini, and grapes.”
 Also, it has also been revealed that Serbia allegedly has an agreement with Austria precisely regarding the deterring of refugees; this was publicly admitted only recently by Austria’s ex-Minister of Interior, Herbert Kickl, although it was denied by Serbian officials.
 This is also in its interests, seen from the perspective of the EU and its EU-Turkey refugee agreement from 2016, whereby Turkey was to receive € 6 billion in exchange for developing infrastructure to withhold refugees. This caused some tensions, according to to Deutsche Welle, since “Turkey repeatedly threatened to terminate the agreement because, firstly, the EU has not paid the stipulated amount, and secondly, the visa freedom for Turkish citizens provided for under the agreement has not been implemented.”
 While there are only six Chinese officers who arrived in September, any information pertaining to the extent of the patrols and the length of time during which this agreement will be valid, was withheld from reporters by both the Serbian government and the Chinese Embassy.