Serbian Observer: "NATO Marches East"
Irina Stoyichevic, a Serbian journalist and political observer commented the situation surrounding Montenegro's accession into NATO and the anti-government protests in the country, against the background of the Alliance summit in Brussels to the "Russian peacekeeper."
In her view, the situation in Montenegro is rather strange. "It's hard to imagine that the Montenegrin army, corrupt government and the situation with the law and order in the country meet NATO requirements. Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, has been in power for more than two decades. At the same time local opposition claims that the presidential election was rigged. And it really is so. Djukanovic's "achievements" are the destruction of a common contry with Serbia and attempts to artificially create an unrecognized Montenegrin Orthodox Church and the usurpation of the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro," - says the journalist.
She is convinced that the country's entry into NATO makes Montenegro an enemy for Russia. In her view, Montenegro has already gone down this path, joining economic sanctions against Russia. This is particularly painful considering the common historical and spiritual roots of both countries, and Russia's assistance to Orthodox people in the Balkans in the past and present.
Irina Stoyichevich stresses the importance of the strategic position of Montenegro in military and economic terms. However, she notes that accession to NATO "has not brought a lot of happiness" to other Eastern European states. She, however, believes that in terms of personal gain and enrichment and hiding a criminal past it's a profitable move for some politicians. This can be a guarantee of personal safety for the current Montenegrin PM, Milo Djukanovic and his inner circle. All this, says the columnist reminds of a criminal conspiracy, when a criminal group, which NATO essentially is, takes a small bandit into its ranks, promising to protect him from competition and law, and in return getting his zone of influence (i.e., the coast and the possibility of building a military base on the Adriatic Sea in relative proximity to Bondsteel - NATO ground forces base in Kosovo).
The observer drew attention to the fact that there was no referendum on this issue in Montenegro. According to her, 70% of the population is against joining the Alliance. We should not forget that in 1999, Montenegro, as well as Serbia, was a victim of NATO aggression.
Confrontation between the authorities and people is easily proved by ongoing protests against Montenegro's accession into NATO, that started in early September as well as by the brutal reaction of the authorities: batons and tear gas were widely used against peaceful protesters.
Despite all this, on December, 3 NATO sent an official invitation for Montenegro to join its ranks. Obviously, despite the apparent senselessness of this step from a military standpoint, NATO continues its "drang nach osten" (march to the East - Germ.), seeking to weaken Russia's influence in the Balkans, and does it even against the will of the people of the countries which are being "invited" into its ranks.