FROM MOSCOW WITHOUT LOVE

Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) from Belgrade presents its new analysis FROM MOSCOW WITHOUT LOVE - on the occasion of 16th anniversary of the assassination of the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, 20th anniversary of NATO bombing of Former Republic of Yugoslavia and 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO – the Kremlin structures against Djindjic’s dream of Serbia.

The month of March has been a difficult period for Serbia over the last twenty years. It is the time of the year when we remember the NATO bombing of FR Yugoslavia in 1999, assassination of late Prime Minister Djindjic in 2003 and violent events in Kosovo in 2004.

The analysis reminds about the genuine non-violent methods of political struggle which our late Prime Minister, assassinated in March 2003, along with his associates and majority of Serbian population chose as the key strategy in fighting the bloodthirsty regime of Slobodan Milosevic, especially in the period 1999-2000. This strategy has helped Serbia commence its slow and painful progress towards the Euro-Atlantic world. We than compare Mr. Djindjic’s and his allies’ strategy  of non-violent struggle  to the ongoing widely spread rallies in Serbia called “1of5million” (#1od5miliona  and @STOPkrvavim).

Our key assessment is that “1of5million” rallies leaders apply very dangerous pro-violence methods carried by severely compromised actors, while maintaining numerous  links with Kremlin and pro-Kremlin structures.  They do not shy away from application of systematic disinformation campaign either.

CEAS reminds that this rallies, with violent and pro-Kremlin elements, are ongoing  in politically and security vise very sensitive situation related to Belgrade-Pristina talks. Many local and external actors, state and non-state, would unfortunately have their own particular interests in their failure. 

During mid-March protests shifted into unacceptable radicalization, which unfortunately did not surprise us.  CEAS has already been warning about rallies’ dangerous violent elements for several months in the past.

This is why we raise concern about the nature and goal of the big rally to be held on April 13th in Belgrade, as announced by the protests’ political leadership.

The manner of remembrance and interpretation of these anniversaries and media coverage of the ongoing protest “1of5million” as well forthcoming April 13th one, are the litmus test for the local and international media, civil society, academic community, pundits, experts and foreign policy makers.

This is also an indicator of dedication of local politicians, in power and opposition, to the objectives and interests of continued democratization of Serbia and progression towards the Euro-Atlantic world, namely, the goals which late Prime Minister Djindjic, his associates and general public fought for using non-violent methods.

Especially worrying circumstance for Serbia in 2019 is the fact that the country we live in today is quite similar to the one in which our late Prime Minister used to live. Namely, due to highly complex inherited circumstances, on one hand, and new challenges, on the other, the leaders of the country cannot afford, both now and then, to openly confront certain trends as they strive to keep Serbia on the right track and provide support of democratic majority for their actions.

CEAS believes that Serbia and Kosovo, for the reasons of security and for the purpose of preserving what little has remained of the democratic institutions, should achieve, as soon as possible, a comprehensive and multidimensional agreement that would bring both Serbia and Kosovo closer to Euro-Atlantic world, which is the development that our late Prime Minister dreamed about. Unfortunately, it is evident that many local and international forces are trying to obstruct such agreement and are willing to engage in provocations that might get out of control.

CEAS believes that Djindjic’s way is heeded only by those who work towards a peaceful, comprehensive and multidimensional agreement with Kosovo and continued European integrations, that is, those who are using Djindjic’s strategy to make the Djindjic’s dream come true.

That is why in the conclusion of the analysis we repeat the immortal words of the late Prime Minister Djindjic which we also used at the beginning: “I believe that there is more honor in going down in history as the generation which opened an era of prosperity and peace in the Balkans and permanently resolved the issue of our country’s European orientation, than being remembered just as a group of politicians who secured sovereignty and international recognition for their state.”

Belgrade, March 2019

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