Peace and stability are crucial for Serbia, and the role of KFOR and NATO in Kosovo-Metohija is important for us, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said after a Brussels meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday.

At a joint press conference, Vucic thanked Stoltenberg for his desire to hear Serbia’s position, and added that they had discussed all developments in Kosovo-Metohija.

“We do not always have to see eye to eye on all things. The role of KFOR and NATO in Kosovo-Metohija is important for us, and we respect it,” Vucic said.

Vucic said that, on his orders, the Serbian Armed Forces chief of general staff had contacted the KFOR commander during a critical night early this month and that the move had greatly helped to calm tensions and deescalate the crisis in Kosovo-Metohija.

“We will continue to respect the KFOR mandate in line with international public law and EU norms, and I believe we can always be met with understanding and a desire by Jens Stoltenberg, NATO and KFOR to ensure peace and stability. Peace and stability are crucial for Serbia,” Vucic said.

He said Thursday’s dialogue with Pristina in Brussels would be difficult because there was practically no agreement on any issue, but that Serbia would adhere to international public law, the UN Charter, the UN SC resolution and the Brussels Agreement, and to everything that had been signed.

He noted that he had informed Stoltenberg of Serbia’s position and presented a list of raids by Pristina’s special police forces in the north of Kosovo-Metohija, for which he said no permission had ever come from NATO or the mayors of the four northern Kosovo municipalities.

He also presented a list of attacks on the Serb population in Kosovo-Metohija.

“Our job is to speak about our position and preserve peace and stability,” Vucic said.

Speaking about bilateral Serbia-NATO ties, Vucic said he had reiterated to Stoltenberg that Serbia was a militarily neutral country and would remain so.

“We have a history that is neither easy nor simple, but we want to strengthen further cooperation with KFOR and NATO and to avert any possibility of escalation and conflict,” Vucic said.

Serbia has been acting in a very responsible manner and has made no provocations, he said.

Asked by a reporter to comment on allegations by Albanian-language media that the Serbian Armed Forces had trampled international law by crossing the administrative line between central Serbia and Kosovo-Metohija, Vucic responded that the Serbian army and police had at no time done that.

“They (Albanian-language media) lied about that, just like they lie about everything else,” Vucic said.