The Serbian government on 8 August approved drafts of the new national security and defence strategies clearly stating its military neutrality for the first time since Belgrade declared it on 26 December 2007.
The government set four major objectives to preserve the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Serbia: deterrence of armed threats and effective defence, preservation of Kosovo within Serbia, improving the nation’s reputation and international position, and prevention and elimination of separatist activities.
“The illegal unilateral declaration of independence of the administrative territory of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija contravenes the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and is unacceptable to the Republic of Serbia.
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