The President of Serbia, Tomislav Nicolic, said that his country is not planning to join NATO before leaving for an official visit to Russia. However, Nicolic underlined that there is ample room for cooperation with both the western alliance and Secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a military-political bloc created by the former Soviet republics and promoted by Moscow.
“Russia as a serious state does not calculate … how many percent we are linked with Moscow, and on how many with NATO. Russia knows that Serbian citizens do not want their country to join the alliance,” said Nicolic.
In an interview with Sputnik the President outlined that deterioration of relations between Moscow and Belgrade is unacceptable because the latter needs Russia.
The Serbian President also commented on the refugee crisis in Europe. Nicolic said the crisis has made it obvious that at least half of the EU members do not have a coherent migration policy.
“Some build fences, some do not. I have always said that Europe is borderless, but if you travel now, you will see police, customs officers, everyone has again taken their place on the border, there are newly introduced controls; it is as if the European Union never existed,” said Nicolic according to Sputnik.
So far Moscow expressed its concern over the ratification by the Serbian Parliament on February 12, of a cooperation plan with NATO, which gives diplomatic immunity to its representatives and provides for logistical support.
It is expected that during his visit, Nicolic will meet Vladimir Putin and Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.