Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said in his speech on the occasion of the 182nd anniversary of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) that the upcoming year 2024 will be the most difficult in Serbia’s modern history, but that he believes most of the difficulties and problems will end.
He fears, he said, that next year will be much more difficult and worse for the whole world, including Serbia, considering the elections that will take place from Thailand, the United States to Russia and Ukraine.
This, he said, is an opportunity for change and a re-establishment of values on a global and political level.
These changes, he said, will happen in the age of social media, when the most important thing has become courting the public or getting likes, and so he fears that 2024 will be “much worse for the world and for us Serbs.”
“I am afraid that this year will bring us much more conflict and unrest than the previous one, including this one, I mean all kinds of threats in Republika Srpska, in Kosovo and in other parts of the region,” Vucic said, adding that it was important to come to a common denominator on how to preserve our country and our freedom.
“In the age of the modern world, no one will make concessions to anyone, even respect for different views is almost non-existent, and what seems to me our way out is to insist on compromise solutions, even though we know that there won’t be any, even though we know that those who would like to determine the fate of the world don’t want them”, he noted.
In this context, he explained that he had dilemmas about how to conduct state and national politics, but also that buying time in the impossible pursuit of compromise was better than giving up what could not be given up.
“Some people tell us it’s bad to try to buy time, but it’s better than giving up what you can’t give up. I have had daily dilemmas about how to conduct national and state politics, and whatever the size of the problem and the strength of the pressures we face, we must always seek to compromise, not to give up what is ours under international law, and even if we did, with all the nice stories we are promised, which are in fact colourful lies, we would get nothing at all, either at the tactical or the strategic level. That is why it is important to keep calm, to hide under a rock sometimes and to wait for the right moment to stand in front of the world with truth and justice and to gain the respect of the world,” said Vucic.
Vucic recalled Nikola Tesla’s words about the “great spirit of discovery” and the founding of the Society of Serbian Literature, the forerunner of SANU, and added that the French consider the members of their academy immortal, but that even among Serbs, the spiritual is higher than the material.
“This is our temple of science and art, you are the high priests,” Vucic said, addressing the academics.
Only the Serbian Orthodox Church, SANU and Serbia are eternal, Vucic said at the beginning and end of his speech, referring to famous SANU members such as Nikola Tesla, Ivo Andric and others.
Recall that recently George Friedman, the internationally renowned geopolitical forecaster and international affairs strategist, warned that “Serbia is preparing for war” and that he believes it will spread beyond the Balkans.
Friedman points out that a few weeks ago he wrote an article entitled “The World is Beginning to Reorder.”
He says that a new order is sure to come and that it will not be like the reorganisation that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
“Out of wars and potential wars will emerge a new reordering. The Ukrainian war has been raging for almost two years. There are hints that a peace deal could be reached, but the conflict continues.
The war between Hamas and Israel is perhaps the worst and most relentless war in a place where ruthless warfare has become an art,” Friedman writes.
He points out that two sources in whom he has great confidence have told him that Serbia is preparing for war.
“Serbia and Kosovo fought a bloody war in 1998-99, with the US and NATO siding with Kosovo and bombing Serbia. I hope these sources are wrong, but I think it will happen and spread beyond the Balkans,” Friedman warned./The Geopost/