Moscow expects Belgrade to stick to policy of neutrality

Russia counts on Serbia adhering to its policy of military neutrality, despite the agreement which Belgrade signed with NATO, Belgrade-based electronic media reported on Tuesday afternoon, citing a high ranking Kremlin official.

The ratified agreement between Serbia and NATO regulating cooperation in logistic support foresees freedom of movement and diplomatic immunity for all NATO members in Serbia, with all privileges that diplomats enjoy under the Vienna Convention.

"We are noticing that Serbia is developing relations with NATO. We assume that Belgrade, as has been repeatedly declared by Serbian officials, will adhere to the policy of neutrality, which was confirmed by a decision of the Assembly of Serbia," Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative Maria Zakharova told Beta agency on Tuesday.

Zakharova thus commented on a statement made earlier in the day by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on the occasion of the ratification of an agreement on cooperation with NATO. 

Vucic said that Serbia needed NATO as an ally to protect Serbs in Kosovo, but that it was militarily neutral and wanted good relations with both Russia and NATO.

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