Friday, April 29, 2016

Serbian Defense Minister Reveals Four Pillars of Belgrade's Foreign Policy

 Soldiers of the Serbian Army© AFP 2016/ ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
11:47 29.04.2016
Serbia's foreign policy rests on four pillars, the country's defense minister told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Serbia is a neutral country that relies on the development of multidirectional foreign policy to maintain rapport with all global powers, Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic told Sputnik.

"Our foreign policy rests on four pillars — Moscow, Brussels, Washington and Beijing. Also, our military cooperation is built on a principal of neutrality. We try to maintain good relationships with all states."

Protesters holding a banner that reads: Serbia is not NATO during a protest against NATO in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
Say No to NATO: Serbia Intends to Maintain Military Neutrality
Serbia's military neutrality is enshrined in a 2007 parliamentary resolution. However, in February, the country passed a law to cooperate with NATO through an Individual Partnership Action Plan.
Asked about Serbia’s possible plans to join the US-led bloc, Djordjevic pointed out that Serbia, a Balkan nation surrounded by NATO members, "wants to develop cooperation with all countries."

Since 2014, NATO has been building up its military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European countries bordering Russia, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move.

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