NATO biggest donor to Serbian Defence Ministry

NATO biggest donor to Serbian Defence Ministry

NATO biggest donor to Serbian Defence Ministry Izvor: Tanjug/Ministarstvo odbrane

NATO member states are the biggest donors to the Serbian Defence Ministry, the Institute for European Affairs said on Thursday citing ministry figures.

The largest number of donations for the ministry came from the United States in 2018, the Institute said in a press release.  

The Institute asked the Defence Ministry for information on donations and was told that the total value of equipment donated in 2018 was 2,516,252 Euros including 2,375,352 worth of equipment from the US. The next biggest donor is Norway (100,000 Euros), followed by the United Kingdom (17,000), the Czech Republic (10,000) and Delegation of the European Union (8,000). Donations also came the Jefferson Institute (5,000) and from Jack Vukasinovic who personally made a donation worth 900 Euros.  

The Institute said the donations are just one form of cooperation between Serbia and NATO, adding that the Army of Serbia (VS) took part in 11 international military exercises with NATO forces between 2012 and 2018 as well as in 98 exercises with individual Alliance member states. The two larges exercises were Serbia 2018 and REGEX.  

The Institute said that the Defence Ministry had approved the engagement of more than 3,000 VS personnel in seven UN peace missions and six EU peace missions between 2003 and 2018.  

Eleven Serbian military personnel were sent to military education institutions in three NATO member states (Germany, Italy and Great Britain) in 2018, it said.

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