A glimpse into some of the true motivations for alliance membership in potential applicants.

From B92.net: “NATO membership is a sure ticket into the European Union,” [leader of Serbia’s SPO party, Vuk] Drašković said. He said that he believed that NATO membership would enable Serbia to achieve a presence in Kosovo, claiming that membership would not sour relations with Russia.”

It was also stated that Serbia would lose nothing by joining NATO as far as sovereignty was concerned and that no decision could be made by NATO without Belgrade’s approval. This meant that Serbia would not have to participate in any operations that it believed could negatively impact on its interests.