Winds of change in the Balkans
Since the disappearance of the Soviet Union, the Balkan region became under full US control. Plundering privatization soon began, in which a handful of former communists looted what previous generations had created. New parties and leaders quickly appeared, most of which were under strong Western control. And while the new leaders promised a better life, people only felt growing poverty. The main objective of all the countries in the region was entry into the EU. For more than 20 years the West has not allowed the economies of the region to significantly strengthen. At the same time, the EU always gives certain aid, which is constantly repeated in the media, so that the people in Balkan countries feel that their country cannot function without the EU. However, any action of any Balkan state that wants to enter domestic production, thus strengthen its economy, is prohibited or hindered by the EU and US.
This period is characterized by the deterioration of Russia. The US was without mercy; through its media machinery Russia and Russian history was represented in the worst light. All of this was done so that the Balkan people would start to despise Russia. To this end, the US failed, but this period is characterized by the absence of a Russian idea. Until recently, Russia had nothing to offer or accept from the Balkan region.
At the end of June, in Moscow at a congress of United Russia, a declaration was signed on cooperation with political parties from Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Macedonia, and Bulgaria. Representatives of nine political parties signed the declaration. All parties to the declaration were guests at the congress of “United Russia”. Most of the parties were from Serbia – four. From the Russian side Deputy Secretary of the central committee party Sergei Zeleznjak signed the Declaration. The document was defined as an inter-party political declaration. The document spoke of the need to find a nonaligned solution for Balkan and European security issues of common responsibility for the stability in Europe and around the world, including the fight against international terrorism. Parties who signed the declaration consider it necessary to form and implement a policy "for a new relaxation of international tensions". The signed document highlighted ongoing commitments to our nation's tradition of friendship and good neighborliness, the desire to promote the preservation of spiritual and cultural values, and protection of holy Christian sites. But, the most important contract is between United Russia and the Democratic People Party from Montenegro. However, what makes this agreement significant is the fact that Putin’s United Russia accepted the idea of the leader of the Democratic People’s Party Milan Knezevic on the support of the establishment for the Balkan Alliance of neutral states on the territory of Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska, and Macedonia. In this way, the idea of neutrality, primarily military, would expand into a larger part of the Balkans, would allow a nonviolent resistance to NATO’s presence spreading in this area, and would connect the areas inhabited by Serbs.
The situation of each Balkan country is different. When the citizens of Great Britain, in a referendum, decided to leave the EU, the Serbian Foreign Minister said that ‘’Serbia remains firmly on its way to the EU ’’. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic possesses the same opinion. Prime minister Vucic is turning Serbia into a country of cheap labor, transforming it into a private party state, which young people are living in. Russia and China have offered strong investments in Serbia, which would again make Serbia the Balkan lion. Vucic’s meetings with Russian and Chinese officials are cold. After the meetings, he often stated that he is a “tough man for negotiations”. As soon as he escorted the guests, or he came from a visit to Moscow and Beijing, he communicated to the public that he “only protects Serbian interests and nothing more”. Then he sold to US and Western companies everything they wanted, and signed agreements with NATO that fall outside its competence. Serbian Minister of Defense Zoran Djordjevic attended the recent NATO summit in Warsaw. At a rally where Russia clearly was identified as the main threat to peace, Djordjevic stated that he is “surrounded by friends”, and that Serbia will continue to decisively cooperate “regardless of the experience of the past, which was not pleasant”. The Minister did not mention armed NATO aggression against Serbia and Montenegro, the thousands of killed and maimed, the devastated country, massive radioactive and chemical poisoning, and in particular occupied Kosovo.
In Montenegro, enhanced by the US government, Prime Minister Djukanovic pursues a colonial policy. According to the latest polls, despite pressure, 60.1% of Montenegrin citizens would vote decisively against joining NATO. At the same time, between 70-80% of Montenegrin citizens are against sanctions towards Russia.
But Djukanovic does not pay attention to the will of the people. Recently, Milo Djukanovic warned of “the danger of Russia in the Balkans”. Djukanovic also claimed that there are people that “have fostered a certain emotional attachment to Russia from the past”.
“They want Montenegro to be stuck in the grip of its retrograde past. They are afraid of everything that is new because they are not confident enough to adapt to changes”, said the Montenegrin prime minister, calling them “easy prey for Russian propaganda. Djukanovic therefore called on the EU to apply an energetic strategy towards Russia.
“Wherever there is no EU or NATO, other forces will fill the space”. Djukanovic alluded not only to Russia but also to radical Islam. Maybe these statements tell us the most about Djukanovic, by putting Russia and radical Islam in the same context - such can only be the words of people with no scruples. But that’s Milo Djukanovic. Even today, the state of Montenegro, which lives off tourism, earns most of Russian tourists. Djukanovic’s hypocrisy perhaps is best illustrated by statistics. In socialism, closely tied to the Soviet Union (Russia), after finishing college you immediately got a job and a good salary. Today in Montenegro, with around 600,000 inhabitants, over 10,000 university graduates are without a job. The main conditions for obtaining a job are that the person is a member of Djukanovic’s party and that the person does not declare nationality as a Serb. Djukanovic is working to create an artificial nation, and since Montenegro through its history was a Serbian state, assimilation is carried out on the Serbs. In the last two years another condition appeared: you must be against Russia and for joining NATO. Because of this, many educated people flee from Montenegro.
Macedonia is a divided country. The low intensity conflict between Macedonians and Albanians is constantly present, and sharpens only when the West blesses it. The Albanian elites in the Balkans are under the full control of Washington. So today, in the center of Tirana (capital of Albania) there are streets named after George Bush and Bill Clinton. In the city of Saranda (300 kilometers from Tirana) a monument was built for the still alive Hillary Clinton. In Macedonia, the west has now created a political conflict. The primary goal is that the opposition Social Democrats determine the direction of the country.
Macedonia faces a lot of challenges: Albanian extremism, migrant crisis, and a low birth rate of the Slavic population. In Macedonia the smaller ethnic communities who are constitutional constituents are ignored, which means that Macedonia can be arranged into two national bases. That would be another step in the creation of Greater Albania. If this happens, Russia and Serbia should prevent it at any cost.
Bulgaria is a country that has been in a primarily demographic crisis for a long time. Today Bulgaria has about 7.2 million inhabitants, but since 1990 around 1.5 million people have left. This massive outflow of the population is among the highest in Europe and the world. In Bulgaria mostly elderly people and children whose parents work abroad have remained. According to projections made by the World Bank, in Bulgaria across 20-30 years only 50% of people of productive ages will leave. This means that a man in his century had to work and earn to serve one pensioner and one child. According to estimates made by Bulgarian statisticians, if trends continue, in 10 years two-thirds of the budget will be spent on retirement. NATO and the EU in Bulgaria are barriers for investments. Bulgaria should annually earn significant money from the South Stream, but under US and EU diktat, Bulgaria also participates in its sabotage.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is an artificial creation - a cage. They are constituent nations, each with different wishes, composed of two entities, which are constantly in conflict.
The only thing that keeps this country together is the US. Bosniaks would like a unitary state and the abolition of the Republic of Srpska. Serbs (Republic of Srpska) would like to unite with Serbia. Croats would like their own entity. But Washington controls the Croatians, like the Bosniak elite, so Croats only serve to outvote the Serbs and contain Islam in the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Such things have happened precisely in this period. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the results of a census were published, which immediately sparked controversy. According to the census, which was not recognized by the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina has 3,531,159 inhabitants, of whom 50.11% are Bosniaks (1,769,592), 30.78% are Serbs (1,086,733), and 15.43% are Croats (544,780). In the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina there are 2,219,220 inhabitants, which is 62.85% of the population. In Republic of Srpska 1,228,423 inhabitants live, which is 34.89% of the population. In Brcko district, 83,516 inhabitants live, which is 2.37% of the population. However, these results do not give a true picture on the ground. The essence of the disagreement is whether the 196,000 inhabitants (6% of the total population) who live abroad should receive the status of permanent population. Among them by far are mostly Bosniaks and minimum number of Serbs. In addition there were other irregularities, which is why Republic of Srpska did not recognize the results. According to the real situation on the ground, it can be assumed that Republic of Srpska has about 1,050,000 inhabitants, the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina has 2,030,000 inhabitants, and Brcko district has about 70,000 inhabitants. The ethnic structure of the Republic of Srpska (on the field) is performed on the basis of birth and death by nations (and those scholars after their mother tongue) indicates that the majority in Republic of Srpska are Serbs and they make up more than 90% of the population. Bosniaks make up around 7% of the Republic of Srpska. And these results can no longer be challenged.
With all of the above, it can be seen how destructive the leading US role in the Balkans was. However, the winds of change have begun to blow in the Balkans. For now it is blowing slowly. What is most important is that it began to blow from Moscow, which was in the most difficult times the only hope for the Balkans.