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Does the Kremlin Hold the Key for Serbia’s Access to Europe?

26 November 2020

The Kremlin’s idea of ​​Russian-Serbian solidarity is that Belgrade will not do anything that Moscow does not approve of. Russia is not interested in a definitive solution to the Serbian-Kosovo issue, as it fears that as a result it would lose its position in the Balkans as the dominant force most suited to resolving conflict situations. Hence, Russia is actively trying to impede Serbia’s growing relationship with Western Europe every step of the way.

Political developments in former Yugoslavia have gained considerable momentum in 2020, intensifying in recent months, particularly within both a Balkan and European context.

Montenegro is currently in the process of forming a new pro-European government after parliamentary elections in August. The new government will be formed by representatives from the opposition parties, bringing an end to incumbent President Milo Djukanovič’s government and his party’s 30-year rule.

After finally resolving a long-standing issue surrounding its name, Northern Macedonia became the 30th member of NATO in March 2020. At the same time, the EU approved the beginning of accession negotiations regarding the possibility of full membership in the Union.

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Grigorij Mesežnikov

Grigorij Mesežnikov is a political scientist and the President of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in Slovakia. He has published expert studies on party systems’ development and political aspects of transformation in post-communist societies, illiberal and authoritarian tendencies, populism, nationalism and hybrid threats in various monographs, collections and scholarly journals in Slovakia and other countries.

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