BELGRADE – Serbia is shifting direction, says Russian analyst

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s statement about Belgrade cherishing “the European myth” is highly important for the Balkan region as it implies a geopolitical shift, according to Russian political analyst and director of the Progressive Policy Foundation, Oleg Bondarenko.

“The official acknowledgement of ‘the collapse of European solidarity and EU prospects’ at the top level in Serbia was heard for the first time since the end of the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia and ouster of Slobodan Milosevic,” Bondarenko wrote in an editorial published in the yesterday’s issue of Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

According to Bondarenko, the spread of the coronavirus at the global level has changed geopolitical moods, while the principle that “a friend in need is a friend indeed” has turned Serbia to Moscow and Beijing more than all business projects combined.

“Serbia’s example could have a contagious effect on other countries in the region when they can no longer expect aid from anywhere, so Bosnia and North Macedonia could also turn to the East,” Bondarenko said.

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