NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg: I am coming to Serbia to attend biggest NATO rescue drill

The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg announced on Tuesday that he would visit the Serbian capital to attend a NATO drill.

Jen Stoltenberg’s remarks came at a press conference ahead of the meetings of NATO defence ministers in Brussels.

He said that he will attend the biggest disaster relief drill, which will take place in Serbia for the first time ever.

“Next week I will be travelling to the region again, visiting Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana. And in Serbia, I will attend our biggest disaster relief drill, with 40 countries participating. This is the first such drill hosted in Serbia, which reflects the strong and highly valued partnership between Serbia and NATO,” said Stoltenberg.

“The aim of the drill is to improve interoperability in international disaster response operations,” said the NATO website.

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The operations include urban search and rescue, medical and paramedical teams, chemical biological radiological nuclear protection, as well as decontamination teams and water rescue teams.

The media previously reported that Stoltenberg should arrive in Belgrade in the first half of October, where he will meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Serbia will host as many as 830 members of that military alliance or 24 international teams from 37 countries. Assistant Interior Minister and Head of the Emergency Situations Department, Predrag Maric says that these are rescue teams that save people from ruins, medical teams, water rescue teams and chemical and biological accident teams.

He also said that in addition to the members of the Emergency Situations Department, other units of the Serbian Ministry of Interior, as well as the Ministry of Defense and other state bodies, involved in the protection and rescue work in the area, would participate in the drill that will take place at Mladenovac and Arandjelovac.

The Balkan Medical Forces and the Department of Civil-Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of Serbia, Red Cross, as well as numerous international organizations, representatives of the OSCE, the United Nations, representatives of the European Union, the World Health Organization, the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for Southeast Europe, Caritas and Red Crescent will all participate in the drill too.

(Vecernje Novosti, Sputnik, 02.10.2018)

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