BELGRADE – Serbia will have to review the possibility of setting up special alliances with the NATO very seriously and perhaps even take into consideration full membership in the military alliance, leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDS) Boris Tadic stated.


In a statement for the Belgrade-based Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) late on Wednesday, Tadic said that the military neutrality of Serbia is economically unsustainable in the next 20 years and added that the citizens need to be informed about the course of developments in the time to come.

He said that he is aware it is unpopular to say that Serbia should join the NATO because such a policy is backed by as few as 5 to 10 percent of the country’s citizens. This is why citizens should state their opinion on the matter at a referendum, although this is not necessary according to the Constitution, Tadic said.

He called on the words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who said that not a single country should be integrated into the NATO by force and that NATO membership should be sought if that is the will of the country’s citizens.