Djukanovic: NATO Aggression as a Signal for Betrayal
Serious political disturbance is once again raging in the small country of Montenegro: people took to the streets with anti-Western and anti-NATO slogans. This time, they chose the anniversary of NATO bombing of the once united state of the South Slavs - Yugoslavia.
These events appear in sharp contrast with some of the latest statements by PM Milo Djukanovic. Recently in an interview to the pro-Western Russian TV channel "Rain", he accused the Russian leadership of interfering in the internal affairs of his state, just "when Montenegrin people have already spoken their will."
Leading researcher of the Center for German Studies of the Institute of Europe (IE RAS), an expert on politics and contemporary international relations in the context of Western Europe and the EU countries, Alexander Kamkin explained this phenomenon to the "Russian Peacekeeper."
"Djukanovic is a shapeshifter-politician. And he is well known for that both in Montenegro and in Serbia. Back in the 90s, he took advantage Slobodan Milosevic's friendly disposition toward him to secure presidency in Montenegro, and then treacherously betrayed him." - said Alexander Kamkin.
The expert drew attention to Milo Djukanovic's symptomatic behavior immediately after NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. He demonstratively headed the division and disintegration of Serbian and Montenegrin people, achieving Montenegro's exit from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (better known as the Small Yugoslavia) in 2006.
"Djukanovic's obsession to prove "defferences" between Serbs and Montenegrins looks suspiciously like an attempt of our "Western partners" to artificially increase the gap between the three fraternal nations - Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians," - suggested Alexander Kamkin.
According to him, a number of Montenegrin experts call such actions "political narcissism."
According to Kamkin, previous attempts of Djukanovic's associates to devise a separate Montenegrin language called a wave of ridicule. Meanwhile, linguists say that Serbian and Montenegrin have differences on the level of dialects, in fact - it is one language. It is no coincidence, that many Montenegrin politicians and cultural figures have positioned themselves as part of a united Slavic cultural and linguistic community.
"The best example of this unity is Peter Njegos, Montenegrin ruler back in 1830-1851 and Metropolitan of Montenegro and Berd. He is recognized as a classic of Serbian poetry and supporter of the Yugoslav unity." - noted Alexander Kamkin.
"Knowing all this, a part of the Montenegrin "independence supporters," try to inflate individual tense episodes in the history of Serbian-Montenegrin relations to the scale of a national catastrophe," - said the expert.
He recalled that during World War I, Montenegro was subjected to occupation by the Austro-Hungarian army and was released thanks to the successful operations of the Serbian army in 1916.
"But historians encouraged by Djukanovic try to prove that it was not liberation but "Serb occupation." At the same time, the grave consequences of the Austrian occupation are deliberately being hushed up. Uncomfortable historical facts can be forgotten" on the eve of European integration..." - sums up Alexander Kamkin.