Montenegro President, Mr Milo Đukanović, has stated that he has no contact with the Serbian President, Mr Aleksandar Vučić, and dismissed the allegations that the European Union, EU, “gave up on him“.
In an interview for Beta news agency, Mr Đukanović has said that Mr Vučić neither contacted him nor required a meeting with him when coming to Podgorica to attend the late Metropolitan Amfilohije’s funeral, and added that he perceives his visit to Montenegro as personal.
“Whenever I go on a personal trip to Belgrade, I don’t contact my colleagues from the government of Serbia,” the President says.
On Mr Vučić’s statements that “he’s horrified with the anti-Serbian campaign in Montenegro”, President Đukanović says such claims don’t even deserve his comments.
“Have a look at the recaps of the Serbian press, including the reports of analytical centers that dealt with the media scene in the region, and you will see that they registered several tens of thousands of texts with the same, hostile message to Montenegro, with an undisguised need to interfere both in media and internal-political affairs, so in that sense, I think it is pointless to speak about the anti-Serbian campaign in Montenegro.”
No one is ruling over Montenegro
“No one is ruling over Montenegro. Montenegro doesn’t need a boss either from Montenegro or the region. Montenegro is a sovereign state that has secured its sovereignty in a painstaking process of fighting for its identity, which was brutally taken away from it in the processes after World War I.”
He has also reiterated that he doesn’t maintain political ties with Mr Vučić.
“It’s an absolute nonsense whoever said it. I don’t have any hidden jobs either in Montenegro or abroad, least of all in Serbia,” the President noted.
He dismissed the estimations that the international community “gave up on him”.
According to him, no one can give up on him as “he cared about his integrity all the time, and independently and responsibly decided on issues concerning Montenegrin interests”.
“I can say that in several such situations, when the international community didn’t quite understand my actions, later it turned out that I made the right decision.”
EU doesn’t have detailed insight into the situation in WB
Speaking about the statement of the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Mr Olivér Várhelyi, that Montenegro should have refrained from expelling the Serbian ambassador, Mr Vladimir Božović, the President has said that he doesn’t want to analyze it.
“I already expect our European partners to have a clear and detailed insight into all issues in our region at any moment. The Western Balkans is part of Europe. The EU is the locomotive of the entire Europe. It’s impossible to comment on the situation in the Western Balkans without a detailed insight into the state of affairs every hour. I am afraid that, at this moment, the EU does not have that insight and does not recognize certain reflections of the processes that are happening within itself, which are manifested these days in the impossibility to adopt the European budget. Well, that must be recognized if the role of a lighthouse is to be played.”