Serbia Expands Cooperation With NATO

by Olha Povaliaieva
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Serbia Expands Cooperation With NATO

Serbia refuses deployment of Russian military base on national territory in favour of North Atlantic Alliance

Last week, the Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Oleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko, made a statement concerning the territory of Serbia. The politician announced the creation of a Russian military base in a foreign country. The ambassador also said that the republic's position in the Balkan region makes it attractive to other countries in terms of military and technical aspects.

"The creation of a Russian military base in Serbia is a sovereign matter of this country, plus it is a question of Russia's interests," Botsan-Kharchenko said.

But Serbian president made another statement on national TV, Prva. He stated that the government had no intention of opening bases on its territory. However, head of state Oleksandr Vuchych also announced the country's military development. According to the statement, Washington and Belgrade will develop the main army training centre on the Serbian base South. The training centre will be built according to NATO standards. It is noted that the military base will train Serbian units for peacekeeping operations.

It is worth noting that Serbia remains neutral in the war between Russia and Ukraine and in other military conflicts. The head of Serbia also recalled this.

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