But Belgrade will expand cooperation with NATO.
Serbia refused to place a Russian military base on its territory. But Belgrade decided to move towards expanding cooperation with NATO.
Rossiyskiy Kommersant writes about this , citing its own sources.
Last week, Russian Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko made a statement about the deployment of a Russian military base in Serbia.
“The creation of a Russian military base in Serbia is a sovereign affair of this country, plus it is a matter of the interests of the Russian Federation itself,” the diplomat said at the time.
At the same time, he stated that the position of Serbia in the Balkan region in military-technical terms is much stronger than it seems. The diplomat stressed that Serbia is now beginning to be reckoned with.
However, President Aleksandar Vucic said that “Serbia does not need anyone’s military bases.”
“Serbia will maintain military neutrality and allied relations. It is not shy about ties with Russia, China, the US and the EU, but it will take care of itself,” the Serbian leader said in an interview with TV Prva.
Sources told the Russian edition that Serbia has abandoned the idea of hosting a Russian military base in favor of expanding cooperation with NATO.
Now the country has stepped up cooperation with the Alliance at the military base South in the vicinity of Buyanovac. This was confirmed by the head of the US office for defense cooperation, Alessandro Pedraza. According to him, Washington and Belgrade at the Yug base will develop the Serbian army’s main training center according to NATO standards, as well as the training of Serbian units for peacekeeping operations.