Foreign policy commentator from Belgrade Bosko Jaksic believes it is difficult to say how much Russia has directly intervened in the events in Podgorica regarding the recently held protests of Democratic Front (DF) but that its indirect influence was still evident.
“Of course it can be established that Russia indirectly mingles, using the principle of Bishop Amfilohije who supported the protests and thus sent his messages. Moscow plays on the card of anti-NATO mood and pro-Serbian elements in Montenegro. It is not true that these elements are destabilizing Montenegro, but Russia do in large extent. Russia is now trying to prevent the entry of Montenegro into NATO. So, everything that it failed to do when the former Warsaw Pact countries were entering NATO and when Russia was weak, Putin is now compensating by responding to every situation that he does not like – from Georgia, Ukraine, Syria to Montenegro. It’s all absolutely clear”, said Jaksic for Pobjeda.
He says that, after all, he would not rule out the possibility of postponement of the invitation. Jaksic says that this would mean that the opposition supported by Russia and Metropolitan Amfilohije succeded in their intent.
“I would not rule out this possibility. This is all happening now and not before because of a particular time frame. Montenegro expects NATO invitation in December and it is clear that Moscow has estimated that it must react quickly. It seems to me that such effect can be achieved and that now, after all the images that we saw in Podgorica, someone in the West may also say: question is whether we need membership of one such country, which is in an unstable situation and which could introduce this destabilizing elements to our membership. It is possible then that the invitation for admission of Montenegro could be postponed, and it would actually mean that the opposition, with the support of Russia and Amfilohije Radovic has succeeded in its intention”, concluded Jaksic.
Izvor: RTV Montenegro