Serbia–United Kingdom relations

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British – Serbian relations
Map indicating locations of United Kingdom and Serbia

United Kingdom

Serbia

British – Serbian relations are foreign relations between the United Kingdom and Serbia. Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1837.[1] The UK has an embassy and consulate in Belgrade[2] and Serbia has an embassy in London.[3] The Serbian ambassador to the United Kingdom is Dr Dejan Popovic[4] and the British ambassador to Serbia is Denis Keefe.[2]

The UK and Serbia have good bilateral military co-operation, the UK has provided training and assistance to assist defence reform for Serbia.[5]

Trade between the two countries in 2004 amounted to US$245.8 million. In the first ten months of 2005 exports of Serbia and Montenegro to Great Britain accounted for US$68.2 million (110.6 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2004) and the imports from the UK were US$104.2 million (85 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2004).[1]

The 2001 UK Census recorded 31,244 people born in the former state of Serbia and Montenegro, which are now the independent states of Serbia and Montenegro, while Kosovo's[a] independence from Serbia is still disputed.[6]

The United Kingdom strongly supports Serbian membership into the European Union,[7] because the government of Serbia has begun to improve relations with Kosovo.[8]

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  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognised as an independent state by 109 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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