NATO and Serbia are “close friends,” said the commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples, US Admiral Robert Burk ahead of his first visit to Belgrade, adding that a stable Kosovo is crucial for regional stability and security.
“We fully respect Serbia and its military policy of neutrality. We are fully ready and willing to continue to work shoulder to shoulder, to help each other toward building a better future for all,” Burk told the Council for Strategic Policy in an interview.
Serbia is “a neighbour, reliable and respected partner, which is helping us promote peace and security in the region,” he said, adding that the partnership between NATO and Serbia had lasted since Serbia joined the Partnership for Peace Programme in 2006.
The US Admiral also commended Serbia for its participation in peace-keeping missions, calling it a joint success.
The purpose of Burk’s visit to the Western Balkans was to get a better impression of the region as it’s stability and security are important for NATO and Europe, he added.
Burk will also be visiting Pristina and Sarajevo.
(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)