Montenegro can emerge from the current political crisis by holding elections and democratic decision of citizens who, I believe, will choose the best solution as in 2006. said Foreign Minister Ranko Krivokapic in an interview with Voice of America.
Krivokapic also warned that Russian interference in Montenegro is escalating, which he said could potentially be a hot spot in the Balkans.
Speaking about the consequences of the escalation of the war in Ukraine for the region and Montenegro, Krivokapic said that it was already felt in the region.
“The consequences are already being felt in the region, maybe even before this happened with Ukraine, they started happening in Montenegro. These activities that have now turned into wild aggression in Ukraine, through various forms of hybrid war have been present in Montenegro before, and are now escalating. Of course, with a government in which there is a lot of doubt about the favor of one state or another, with many elements of deployment in the strategic infrastructure of personnel who express direct loyalty to the other state. In Montenegro, our Euro-Atlantic friends see this very clearly now, and this escalation that is happening in Ukraine has a direct impact, through these channels, towards Montenegro as well, ” Krivokapic said.
Asked how much Montenegro is currently susceptible to even greater Russian interference, bearing in mind the current political crisis, Krivokapic said that in all contacts he felt “that our allies understood this”.
“Montenegro is potentially a hot spot in the Balkans. In addition to what is already happening in Kosovo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro is proving to be a particularly significant target of Russian malign influence in the Balkans. From what I have understood, and I think our allies have understood, a possible priority point of dealing with and destabilizing on the principle – the worse in the Balkans, the worse in Montenegro, the better for the Russian aggression in Ukraine,” he said./Pobjeda/