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Serbia continues its military neutrality policy

Brussels, 22 September 2017 - Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin has visited today NATO headquarters in Brussels, where he met with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Camille Grand.

In his conversation with NATO Deputy Secretary General Ms. Rose Gottemoeller he exchanged views on the political and security situation in the region, as well as the current issues of cooperation under the Partnership for Peace Programme and the cooperation between the Serbian Armed Forces and KFOR. Minister Vulin thanked his interlocutor for the efforts she is making on the overall stabilization of the security situation, as well as for the support and understanding of the position of the Republic of Serbia in the region and beyond.

- I once again repeated to our hosts that Serbia is not interested in becoming a member of the NATO Alliance or any other military alliance, that it will continue with the policy of military neutrality, but we will take care to improve our cooperation with the NATO Alliance through the Partnership for Peace, to continue it and that take everything that is useful for our country and for our military. We accept everything that will make our army develop better, progress, but also everything that benefits our country and our people, Vulin said.

During the talks with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Minister of Defence also thanked NATO for its participation in KFOR and said that Serbia cannot at all accept the formation of the Kosovo Armed Forces.

- We consider it a security threat and a big problem for the entire region, but we strongly support KFOR and the role of the NATO Alliance in it, and we consider that the role of KFOR cannot be reduced in any way and in no way should the lack of its influence be felt in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija.

Ms Gottemoeller particularly thanked President Vučić for the courage with which he is leading Serbia and the courage with which he is conducting the internal dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija. His role is appreciated very much here and everybody highly respects our position of military neutrality and our position that we will always maintain a balanced policy when it comes to relation towards the NATO Alliance and any other military alliance, Vulin said.

In a separate meeting with Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Camille Grand, Minister Vulin conveyed our country's commitment in the process of normalizing civilian air traffic over the Balkans. He stressed the necessity of continuing further talks aimed at finding mutually acceptable solution in the said process, which should be based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Military Technical Agreement. The improvement of air traffic safety and control in this area should be a priority in this joint venture, the minister underlined.


NATO-funded Serbian researchers develop biofuel from algae

Belgrade, 18 August - Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and is carried out by Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University in the United Kingdom and Baylor University in the United States.

“I expect that our results will encourage the development of green technologies in the energy sector,” said the project’s leader Ivan Spasojevic. “Successful completion of this project will, I believe, make it possible for fuel prices to drop by 1/5 in the next five years,” he explained. The research into producing biofuels from algae will last three years. “The project gives us exactly what we need, equipment and supplies and scholarships for the most gifted young researchers who remain in the country thanks to that”, Spasojevic said.

Serbia has benefitted from several NATO SPS activities since 2007, including projects on defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, counter-terrorism, and raising the profile of women in peace and security. “We have great experience with our Serbian partners who are engaged on several important projects,” said the Chief of the NATO Office in Belgrade, Brigadier Cesare Marinelli. “NATO SPS projects have helped produce seismic charts for the Western Balkan countries, improve the protection of the Sava river water resources, and Serbian and German scientists, for example, are working on developing a decontamination and demining robot called T-Whex”, Marinelli added, inviting the country’s academics to apply for research in areas such as cyber defence and energy security.

In addition to the SPS Programme, NATO countries have invested over 15 million Euros in several trust funds which are helping Serbia safely destroy obsolete weapons, landmines and ammunition, and retrain military personnel for civilian jobs.


Deputy Secretary General stresses value of NATO-Serbia partnership in visit to Belgrade

Belgrade, 23 June 2017 - Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller underlined that NATO remains committed to the Western Balkans and to building a strong partnership with Serbia during a visit to Belgrade on Friday (23 June 2017).

Ms. Gottemoeller is visiting Serbia for the inauguration ceremony of President Aleksander Vučić. Meeting with President Vučić, the Deputy Secretary General highlighted that Serbia is key for regional stability in the Western Balkans.

The two leaders also discussed cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia, as well as the security challenges facing the Western Balkans.

The Deputy Secretary General welcomed Serbia’s offer to host NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) exercise in 2018. She stressed that Serbia is making important contributions to regional and international security.

The Deputy Secretary General will also meet with the Prime Minister-designate, Ana Brnabić, and Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić. -


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