Serbia, Portugal in defense cooperation

BELGRADE -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac met with his Portuguese counterpart Nuno Severiano Teixeira who was on a visit here on Friday.

Teixeira, Šutanovac in Belgrade on Friday (FoNet)
Teixeira, Šutanovac in Belgrade on Friday (FoNet)

Šutanovac stated that NATO recently made some decisions that did not strengthen its relations with Serbia, but added that "we must bear in mind that countries such as Slovakia, Romania and Greece, which did not acknowledge the Kosovo and Metohija's unilateral proclamation of independence, are within this alliance as well".

"The aim is to win over as many countries as possible to represent Serbia's interests in NATO," said Šutanovac after signing an agreement on defense cooperation with Teixeira.

Šutanovac pointed out that he tried to convince his Portuguese colleagues that "NATO did not always make decisions that benefited the security of the entire region... in fact, some of their decisions made no sense whatsoever."

"If we succeeded today in altering the viewpoints of Portugal in favor of Serbia, and I believe we did, it seems to me that we gained ourselves another ally," he concluded.

Portugal is one of the countries that have recognized Kosovo Albanians' unilateral declaration of independence.

Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković also met with the Portuguese defense minister, when a joint conclusion was reached that the cooperation between the two countries needs to be promoted, particularly in the area of defense, reports said.

A statement released by the government's press office said that Cvetković thanked the Portuguese government for its support extended to Serbia on its path to European integration and visa liberalization.