Serbia is not going to host any overseas navy bases, as an alternative opting to take care of its neutrality, President Aleksandar Vucic confirmed throughout a press convention with NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday.
Requested about studies that Russia had not too long ago provided to ascertain a navy base in Serbia, Vucic mentioned he was towards the thought. “Serbia doesn’t want anybody’s navy bases,” he insisted, including that his nation would protect its neutrality and ties to Russia and China, in addition to the US and the EU.
“Serbia needs to protect peace. We need to safeguard our inhabitants, our nation and our sky, and that is how we’re going to act sooner or later,” he mentioned.
A number of Serbian shops reported final week that Russian Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko had floated the thought of a Russian navy base in Serbia. Nevertheless, the reporting was primarily based on a misinterpretation of his remark that “organising Russian navy bases right here can be a matter of Serbia’s sovereign alternative,” a hypothetical referring to NATO rhetoric. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry operates a humanitarian hub within the Serbian metropolis of Nis.
Vucic is ready to satisfy with Kosovo chief Albin Kurti on Thursday. He’s not anticipating the continuation of the EU-mediated dialogue with the breakaway province to be straightforward, telling reporters on Wednesday that the 2 events “don’t agree on virtually something.” Nevertheless, he insisted Belgrade needed above all to “keep away from any form of chance of escalation or battle.”
The president acknowledged that Serbia was in a “lose-lose scenario,” however requested Stoltenberg to at the very least respect the dignity of Serbians, given the bloc’s bloody historical past with the nation.
“Please don’t count on Serbs to get pleasure from and say how they’re having a very nice time,” Vucic mentioned, warning that Serbs may not at all times be so prepared to compromise. “There’s a new technology of younger males within the north of Kosovo who is not going to put up with this anymore,” he mentioned, referring to strain by NATO-backed ethnic Albanians.
Vucic dismissed the concept Belgrade was making ready to “invade” Kosovo, noting that “for 180 days now we have been listening to about Serbia’s chance and Serbia’s needs to invade both some entities, both some nations within the area, and that was going to occur 5 months in the past, 4 months in the past, three months in the past, two months in the past now, and it didn’t occur up to now, which implies that they had been truly mendacity about it.”
Mentioning that nobody within the West referred to as out these faux narratives about Serbia, nor has anybody chargeable for them apologized, Vucic mentioned they amounted to a political weapon within the absence of any “actual arguments.”
We want a rational method, conversations, a compromise resolution and never somebody’s need to discover a new resolution during which somebody might blackmail Serbia or order Serbia how you can behave.
NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg took the press convention as a possibility to restate his warning that the alliance was ready to intervene in Kosovo ought to the area’s “stability” be jeopardized in any method. NATO occupied Kosovo in 1999, following a 78-day air struggle towards what was then Yugoslavia, and backed the province’s 2008 declaration of independence, which Serbia has not acknowledged.