Serbian Defence Minister: Serbia will not join NATO as long as Vucic remains president
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  • 18:16 13 May 2019

Serbian Defence Minister: Serbia will not join NATO as long as Vucic remains president

Belgrade will not become a member of NATO as long as Aleksandar Vucic is president, said Defence Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vulin, ONA reports citing TASS.

"Militarily Serbia is a neutral state. And it will remain so. As long as Aleksandar Vucic is Serbia’s president and I’m defence minister, our country will not become a member of NATO. We cannot forget and we cannot forgive NATO’s aggression. There is no way of converting ourselves. We can look everybody boldly in the eyes, but far from all are able to look us in the eyes honestly," Vulin said.

He recalled that Belgrade was a participant in NATO’s Partnership for Peace project, which he described as "the optimal level of cooperation," for it was not an impediment to Serbia’s dialogue with Russia, China or the Collective Security Treaty Organization. In his opinion the sole force capable of guaranteeing the security of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija was the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), so Serbia had to maintain a good relationship with NATO without joining the organization.

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