Belgrade: Creation of Kosovo‘s army unacceptable

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Source: Tanjug/Ministarstvo odbrane

Serbia‘s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin told his colleagues in Abu Dhabi his country could not accept the formation of „so-called Kosovo‘s army" and that only NATO-led KFOR was a legitimate force in Kosovo as far as Belgrade was concerned, the Beta news agency reported.

At the sideline of the IDEX 2019 arms and military equipment fair, Vulin had talks with his Greek counterpart Evangelos Apostolakis, Czech minister Lubomir Metnar and the United Arab Emirates Defence Minister (UAE) Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi.

Vulin thanked Greece for supporting Serbia and not recognising Kosovo’s independence, while he told Metnar that the creation of Kosovo’s army was not in line with the international law and presented the most severe security issue in the region, a statement from Vulin’s office said.

Pristina had passed three laws enabling the transformation of Kosovo Security Forces into a real army, with the process estimated to last up to ten years. NATO said the time for the transformation was wrong. 

Vulin’s office statement said on Monday that Al Bowardi and Vulin agreed that the cooperation in the defence area between UAE and Serbia was pretty developed but that there was room for further improvement, especially in training, medicine and military security.

The two ministers announced further development in military-technical cooperation and the continuation of joint projects.

Earlier on Monday, Vulin said there was considerable interest in Serbian defence industry products at the Abu Dhabi fair.

He said particular attention was paid to the Ralas missile system, drones and the Nora B-52 howitzer as well as to various types of ammunition, the ministry statement said.

“Everyone important in the global defence industry is in Abu Dhabi and has an opportunity to see what Serbia has to offer. Jugoimport SDPR as the company representing Serbia’s defence industry in the world exhibits at the fair,” Vulin said.

He added Serbia’s defence industry increased its earnings and exports by 13.9 percent in 2018.