Vucic says Serbia needs NATO as ally

Serbia remains military neutral, but it needs NATO as an ally in the protection of Serbs in Kosovo, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday, adding that Serbia would protect its neutrality by developing best possible relations with both Russia and NATO.

"Serbia is a military neutral country and it wants to have best possible relations with both NATO and Russia. Serbia guards and protects its neutrality," Vucic told a news conference held on the occasion of the ratification of the agreement on cooperation with NATO which foresees freedom of movement through Serbia and immunity to all members of NATO forces.

Underscoring that the agreement had been signed earlier, during the previous government's term, and that the Serbian parliament had now only ratified it, Vucic said that he saw nothing bad for Serbia in that document and that Serbian citizens need not worry "because there are people who are seeing to Serbia's national interests."

Vucic also underscored that Serbia "is a sovereign country and at any moment it is free to make any decision it likes."

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.

The agreement enables NATO to exchange information and equipment with the Serbian Army and at the same time it opens doors to a stronger cooperation between Serbia and NATO.

Last update: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 17:27
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