"Membership in military alliances not considered"
BELGRADE -- Serbia, as a military neutral country, is developing partnerships in East and West based on mutual respect and interest, says Defense Minister Bratislav Gašić.
Serbia is not considering membership in any military alliance, the Serbian official said during his visit to China.
The starting points for Serbia's national security are the pro-EU foreign policy and improvement in cooperation with the most influential actors of the international community and states in the region, Gašić said at the Xiangshan Forum, the prestigious science conference held in Beijing.
During the conference, which was declared open by Chinese Minister of National Defense General Chang Wanquan, Gašić, noted that South-Eastern Europe has major geostrategic importance and potential.
Because of that, the states in that part of Europe bear direct responsibility for making this area safe.
“Reaching the needed level of security is a key prerequisite for integrating the region into the global security network. It is Serbia's stand that the main threats to regional, but also international security are terrorism, cross-border crime, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, corruption and drug trafficking,” Gašić said.
Thanking China for hospitality, the Serbian defense minister underscored that he is satisfied with the talks that he had during his visit to China.
“The extraordinary results of the modernization process this wonderful country prove what China represents today in international relations. At the same time, they confirm in the best possible way that the Serbian leadership were right when they decided to build a strategic partnership with China, and make China one of the four pillars of Serbia's foreign policy,” Gašić concluded.
Friday 21.11.2014 | 17:28 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- In the wake of EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn's visit here, the Russian media are reporting about EU's "ultimatum to Serbia to impose sanctions on Russia."
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BELGRADE -- Numerous opportunities for cooperation with the European Defense Agency (EDA) are opening up to Serbia, EDA Executive Director Claude-France Arnold has said.
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BELGRADE -- The relations between Serbia and Hungary have reached the highest level - Hungary supports Serbia on its European path, the two countries' foreign minister say.
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PEĆ -- Unknown perpetrators have caused damaged to and broken into 29 out of the total of 30 houses belonging to returnees in the village of Ljevoša.
Friday 21.11.2014 | 15:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The exchange rate is "relatively stable and in line with monetary policy goals, despite certain pressures," NBS Governor Jorgovanka Tabaković says.
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BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić has stressed there would be no revision of a peace deal that ended the Bosnian war "without the consent of all who participated in reaching it."
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BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić says Serbia bears no responsibility for the statements made by the leader of the Radicals (SRS) and Hague indictee Vojislav Šešelj.
Friday 21.11.2014 | 12:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The tier 2 certificate of Serbia's full capability in the NATO codification system for tasks of codifying arms and military equipment has been signed.
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BELGRADE -- The Serbian police (MUP) have arrested two persons on suspicion that they tried to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin into the country.