Stoltenberg: We respect Serbia’s wish not to be in NATO

Serbia is an independent, sovereign country, and we respect its wish not to be a member of NATO and don’t see it as an obstacle to expanding our cooperation – said NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.

“We are not even discussing Serbia’s membership in NATO because the country was very clear that it did not want to become a member and we respect that”, Stoltenberg added. He also said that it was Serbia’s choice to be neutral and to give precedent to the EU membership rather than a NATO one.

The NATO Secretary General also said that he met with Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic several times in order to discuss how to deepen the cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia. “We both agreed that we have to continue boosting our cooperation”, Stoltenberg disclosed.

When asked by the journalists to comment on the Russian Humanitarian Centre in the southern Serbian town of Nis, he just reiterated that Serbia was a sovereign country.

“Serbia holds military drills with both with Russia and us. We respect its sovereign decisions”, Stoltenberg answered briefly.

The NATO Secretary General is in Brussels for a two-day meeting of foreign ministers of NATO countries who are going to discuss the strengthening cooperation between the EU and NATO, the situation in North Korea, and fighting against terrorism.

(RTS, 04.12.2017)

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