Serbia joins EU's HELBROC battlegroup

Serbia on Wednesday became a part of European Union's HELBROC (Balkan) battlegroup, which consists of Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Ukraine.

Source: Beta
Aleksandar Vulin (C) is welcomed in Athens by Panos Kamaenos (L) and Evangelos Apostolakis (Tanjug)
Aleksandar Vulin (C) is welcomed in Athens by Panos Kamaenos (L) and Evangelos Apostolakis (Tanjug)

The note on Serbia joining the technical agreement on founding HELBROC was signed in Athens by the chief of general staff of the Greek national defense, Evangelos Apostolakis, during the visit by Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin, the Defense Ministry has stated.

"As you see, the Army of Serbia is held in high regard and all these countries have accepted our army's participation without any conditions. The participation of our military will be at the level of one platoon of military police, up to five staff officers and, naturally, representatives of the office for civilian-military cooperation, and our participation will be operative until 2020," Vulin said.

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kamaenos declared readiness for continued support and exchange of experience in the process of European integration, especially in Serbia's engagement in EU's battle group HELBROC, where Greece is the leading country.

Vulin said this was important testimony of the operative capabilities of the Army of Serbia and great recognition of the state policy "which has managed to preserve military neutrality" and make sure that military neutrality in no way prevents the army from participating in the international fight against terrorism and regional initiatives, such as HELBROC.

During the visit to Athens, Vulin also met with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, laid a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier on the Syntagma Square, and is scheduled to meet with Archbishop of Athens and the whole of Greece, Hieronymus II, on Sept. 28.


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