14:02 GMT28 February 2021
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    Serbia does not intend to join NATO as the country "zealously" adheres to neutrality, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) In February, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic signed a confirmation of the country’s cooperation plan with NATO, triggering a series of anti-NATO protests and calls for a referendum on Serbia’s possible NATO membership.

    "Serbia will not join NATO, or any other [military alliance], it zealously guards its military neutrality," Vucic said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

    The prime minister added that the current government of Serbia would not impose sanctions on Russia.

    Since 2014, NATO has been building up its military presence in Europe, particularly in eastern European countries bordering Russia, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move.

    Moscow has warned the United States and NATO against further expansion toward its borders, saying it is a threat to regional and global stability.

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