The demonization of Russia by West as an attempt to hide their weakness
In recent days in the Western media has been reported about the attempts of Moscow to increase its influence on the countries of the former Yugoslavia. The British newspaper "Guardian" is in the forefront of anti-Russian hysteria. According to the analysts of the edition, the Russian Federation uses the strategy of "soft power" to achieve its national interests in the Balkans. It also tries to weaken the influence of Western countries.
Accusing Moscow of expansion, journalists delicately avoid the fact that history of Russia and Balkans are closely connected. Slavic peoples who have similar culture and kindred languages live in the Balkan region. Many of them are orthodox.
For a long time Russia has been the protector and the patroness of Slavic peoples inhabiting the Balkan Peninsula. In the eternal struggle with the Ottoman Empire, it always supported the Balkans, that's why the region still has strong sympathy for Russia. This is not the result of Russian propaganda. It is the policy, which once brought freedom to the peoples of the Balkans.
This situation calls the leaders of Western countries for conduct the information campaign aimed at demonizing Moscow's foreign policy in the Balkans. The West does not aspire to recognize the high level of bilateral relations between Russia and the Balkan countries.
A purposeful Western campaign to form an "enemy image" of Russia only exacerbates international tension, blocks a possibility of mutually beneficial and equitable cooperation in the region.
At the same time the media, who criticizes Russia's actions in the region, do not notice the systematic expansion of influence of Washington and Brussels. For the sake of gaining new markets for their products, Europe and the United States integrate the Balkan countries into the EU and NATO with the approval of local elites, but not the people. As the result of the accession to the European Union Croatia, Slovenia and Bulgaria lost their economic sovereignty, the industry of these countries declined and their trade is stagnating.
In addition, the Balkans still heal wounds from the series of ethnic conflicts of the 1990s, caused also by the policy of Western countries who supported separatist movements in former Yugoslavia. Bomb attacks on Belgrade in 1999 and the division of Yugoslavia became the apotheosis of US and NATO military campaign in the region. The West also provoked the problem of determining the status of Kosovo. This unstable region has become a "black hole" where prostitution, human organs trafficking and arms smuggling flourish. At the same time Russia, unlike NATO countries, successfully conducted peacekeeping missions in all the hot spots of the Balkans and provided not "humanitarian bombing", but humanitarian assistance for civilians.
Thus, the discreditation of Russia's policy in the Balkans shows only the weakness of its political opponents. Moscow, on the contrary, gained a reputation of a serious, strong and a responsible international player capable to solve global problems at a high diplomatic level in the shortest time. Perhaps, this is the "soft power" of Moscow criticized by Western media.