We must be ready to defend our country, says president

Serbia will behave responsibly, guard peace and stability, but, although we live as if peace will last 100 years, we must be ready to defend ourselves.

Source: Tanjug
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President Aleksandar Vucic said this in Nis, southern Serbia, on Friday, where he is attending the military-police parade "Defense of Freedom," organized to mark WW2 Victory Day.

Vucic said that nits of the army and the police are increasingly better prepared and equipped, all of which should serve to deter potential aggressors against Serbia.

Vucic pointed out that the defense budget has never been higher, making it easier for a relatively small, independent and sovereign country to lead an independent policy.

Following his meetings with commanders of the Serbian Army (VS), the Interior Ministry (MUP) and the line ministers, the president expressed gratitude to all MUP and VS members who are tasked with providing security and safety to citizens and who are working hard, and doing probably one of the most difficult jobs in the country.

Vucic told reporters that the meeting discussed three important issues, primarily the security situation in the country and the region, and that he informed members of the Army and the police about the extremely complex political and security situation.

"Serbia will act responsibly and seriously, to preserve peace and stability, but, along with many bad thing that (Yugoslav president) Josip Broz said, he had a good one - to live as if peace would last 100 years, but to be ready to defend the country at any time," said Vucic.

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