Serbia “not in danger”, Vucic says

Serbia “not in danger”, Vucic says

Belgrade, May 12, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Milos Mitrovic

Serbia has “very serious” security forces which “are always ready to react rapidly and efficiently, to do the job without any problems if anyone thinks to jeopardize” the country, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said today.

Following Saturday’s terror attack in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Vucic stressed that Serbia “is not in danger”.

“Serbia is more than strong enough to address the threats of terrorists who have caused significant problems in one part of our region”, Vucic said after visiting the military exercise LOGEX 15 in Belgrade.

He added that Serbian citizens should be “serene”. Earlier this week Vucic told Danas daily – regarding the attack in Kumanovo and Russian Foreign Ministry’s interpretation which suggest a “colored revolution” in FYROM – that Serbia’s position is not to interfere in south neighbor’s internal affairs.

The Premier promised today that the government will continue to invest in upgrading security forces equipment, Tanjug news agency reported. “We are preparing seriously. Serbia is strong enough, more than strong, to respond to a possible danger”, Vucic underlined. Earlier this year the government has provided “great amount” of bullet proof vests and uniforms and acquired two new helicopters, he added.

When asked whether the south of the country, near border with FYROM, is endangered, PM asked negatively. “They are our citizens and we work together with them”, Vucic said alluding to ethnic Albanians in the south. “But if anyone thinks to jeopardize Serbia, its security forces and citizens, we would react adequately, rapidly, seriously and efficiently and we would do our job without any problems”.

In his words, Serbian military represents the factor that improves stability in the region, including the political one, but also “containment factor against any aggressor”. “It (army) could be ever stronger, because today we have more money and opportunities to invest”, Vucic stressed announcing new jobs in defence industry.

More than 120 participants from 14 countries gathered at the LOGEX 15 logistic exercise of staff officers. Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic, U.S. Ambassador Michael Kirby and NATO military liaison office representatives in Serbia visited the exercise alongside with Vucic. Minister Gasic reiterated that Serbia’s attendance at the exercise and cooperation with NATO are not contrary to the country’s neutral position.