The geopolitical vacuum in the Balkans is being exploited by countries like Russia, Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović said during a visit to Zagreb.
His Croatian counterpart, Zoran Milanović, said Montenegro is the victim of a lack of interest on the part of the EU.
“Montenegro (as well as Albania and North Macedonia) deserves preferential treatment, otherwise the very notion of talks makes no sense,” Milanović said.
Western countries “see the influence of foreign powers on their borders but they don’t see it in Montenegro,” Milanović added.
“Today, Russia is not active in the Western Balkans because of the region itself but because of the war it has been waging against European unity and the system of values,” the Montenegrin president said.
“The main message we have been receiving daily directly from Moscow or through its satellites is that our membership in NATO and the EU is not a good geopolitical choice,” said Đukanović.
Đukanović also commented on the term “Serbian world”, used by members of the Serbian government to describe Serbia’s legitimate national interest.
For Đukanović, this is euphemism for a Great Serbia. “Belgrade generates pro-fascist, Great Serbian projects that use lies,” he said, adding that Serbia is not “sincere” about its wish to join the EU.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)