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Supports Serbia's military

While Serbia still claims Kosovo, Norway will strengthen the Serbian army.


By Tarjei Leer-Salvesen


When Norwegian money and expertise are now going to help shape Serbia's new military forces, Norway is providing military aid to an old enemy. There is still a lack of clarification of Kosovo's post-war status in the 1990s. Serbia will not give Kosovo independence, and while it is awaiting clarification, the area today is in practice an international protectorate. At the same time, the outside world is paving the way for a better relationship with Serbia, which Norway and other NATO countries went to war against in 1999.

- In this year's defense budget, just over NOK 2,5 million has been set aside for the measures aimed at the Serbian defense, in addition to employed personnel spending a lot of time on follow-up and training, Deputy Director General Kåre Helland-Olsen in the Ministry of Defense informs Ny Tid. In February, Serbian officers were in Norway

to gain insight into how the Norwegian Air Force operates.

Defense Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen visited the Balkans this week. The trip, for example, went to Serbia's capital Belgrade and Pristina in Kosovo.

"Serbia is the key to stability. . .

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