European Western Balkans

Pavel: NATO respects Serbia as sovereign country

Petr Palev

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE – None of the agreements that Serbia has signed with NATO create any preconditions regarding membership in the military alliance, says Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
Serbia has an interest to remain militarily neutral and we respect that and have no intention of pushing it to any side, Pavel told the B92, adding that NATO respects Serbia as a sovereign country.

He said that he believes that Serbia-NATO relations have been developing continuously over the past decade and that it is clear that cooperation and partnership are beneficial to both sides.

Having an agreement on freedom of movement is a standard that NATO has with every partner country with which it has a trust fund and joint activities, Pavel said.

The agreement is necessary to implement the trust fund, he said, adding that Jordan and Austria have similar agreements.

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