"Serbia wants to cooperate with NATO, and remains neutral"

Serbia is militarily neutral but it wants to continue the cooperation with NATO, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday in Brussels.

Source: Tanjug, srbija.gov.rs
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(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

According to him, without this "there will be no regional peace and stability, which are a precondition for Serbia's progress and economic growth."

After a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, he thanked him for "respecting the decision of Serbia and its parliament to keep the country militarily neutral."

He also "thanked Stoltenberg for expressing regret over the loss of innocent lives in NATO's 1999 bombing campaign," which he said was "an important thing for the Serbs, the nation and the country, to hear."

Vucic said he and Stoltenberg discussed "all crucial issues - the fight against terrorism, the migrant crisis and Serbia's participation in peacekeeping operations."

According to the Serbian government's website, the prime minister also made a request to NATO "to help clear mines, especially on the Kopaonik mountain."

Vucic said that after the relaxation of the air zone in the Ground Safety Zone, the lower layer of airspace over Kosovo and Metohija was also discussed, noting that experts will meet soon and that he believes there will be positive solutions in the future.

He said he is grateful for the estimates that Serbia is working on stabilizing the whole region, and reiterated that it is a condition for our progress in every other field.

"We wish to continue this kind of cooperation within the framework of Partnership for Peace and IPAP. This is of great importance for the citizens and I believe that we will be able to boast about such good relations in the future because they mean peace and stability in the Balkans,", Vucic concluded.

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