Disinfo: Serbia’s neighbours are drawn in the NATO despite the citizens’ will


Not all of Serbia’s neighbours are able to withstand external pressure. Despite the will of most citizens they are drawn into the North Atlantic Alliance’s orbit with its fictional security guarantees.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation portraying NATO as an ambitiously expanding organisation. Countries can not be drawn into NATO because every country decides for itself if they want to join the Alliance or not. The NATO accession process consists of a series of formal steps which both the aspirant country and the Alliance continuously confirm. Countries wishing to join have to meet certain requirements and complete a multi-step process involving political dialogue and military integration.

Concerning a possible enlargement, four partner countries have declared their aspirations for NATO membership: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, the Republic of North Macedonia and Ukraine.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a political and military alliance, that was founded in 1949 and is a group of 29 countries from Europe and North America that exists to protect the people and territory of its members. As stated in the Brussels Summit Declaration from 11 July 2018, NATO is a defensive Alliance. Its greatest responsibility is to protect and defend the territories and populations of all member countries against attack.

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  • Reported in: Issue164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Bosnian, Montenegrin, Serbian
  • Country: Serbia
  • Keywords: Western Balkans, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO


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