The stability of Montenegro can be strengthened only through the process of European integration, but the problem is when you receive scant messages from partner addresses that are a serious blurring of the European perspective, which gives wings to dormant nationalism from 1995, which never gave up, said the President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović at the 2BS forum, with the message that Montenegro became independent to be a member of the European Union and NATO.
“Today we are witnessing a hybrid war against the West and Europe, and Montenegro has been ringing its ears for a couple of years, warning about it. The Western Balkans is a suitable terrain because Russia is counting on pro-Russian sentiments here,” Djukanovic said.
Speaking about the lack of interest from Europe, Djukanovic adds that the Chinese capital in the construction of the Montenegrin highway is a consequence of the fact that there was no support for that project from European addresses.
“Until the EU realizes that, life cannot stop. We have to develop and then others come. Our choice is the EU and NATO,” said the Montenegrin president.
Djukanovic adds that it is obvious that some are now trying to do what they failed to do in the early 1990s.
We see that they are returning to the idea that three homogeneous, separate and enlarged states should be created in the Western Balkans, which should happen to the detriment of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia – said Djukanovic.
Speaking about the current Government of Montenegro, Djukanovic points out that they are in fact infantry of Greater Serbian nationalism.
“A smaller stream flows into a larger one and that is why the strategy of state policy cannot be determined by a smaller coalition than a larger one. The government is dysfunctional and should be removed because its mandate is the decline of Montenegro. I see a way out through a better understanding of pro-European forces, and the only way out of this situation is through new elections”, said the President of Montenegro.
When it comes to divisions, Djukanovic believes that all modern political societies are divided, starting with the American one.
“It simply came to our notice then. The divisions are historically based, but the idea of European unification and civil Montenegro has a majority. Let's affirm that majority”, said Djukanovic.
Support for the DPS is growing, I would not underestimate our coalition potential
The Democratic Party of Socialists is a serious party. I would not underestimate our coalition potential. The latest research showed that we have support from 35.1 to 39.5 percent. It will still be that we made good moves at the congress and that it affects the public's support for the DPS. Everything we have done during these years will be valued by the political public – Djukanovic pointed out.
He adds that the perception that there was a conflict between the state and the church is wrong.
“This is not about endangering the faith, but about abusing the church as the only remaining mechanism of Greater Serbia politics,” he said.