Cooperation with the Montenegrin National Security Service will be completely suspended because of the lack of confidence in the staff at its head, as well as in state institutions in general, are comments heard in some diplomatic circles in Podgorica which have been brought to the attention of Pobjeda’s sources at the National Security Agency.
– There are also rumours that some of the international activities that were agreed the time of the recent director Sava Kentera were abruptly cancelled by the partner agencies on the grounds that “unplanned commitments had arisen”, which sent a clear message that they have no confidence in the new management – say our interlocutors.
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Abazović, they add, continues to staff the Agency, so “at the same time as appointing staff with questionable resumes and lack of experience, he ordered activities to be carried out in order to permanently get rid of the most experienced Montenegrin intelligence officers”.
– These days, the Agency is working rapidly on preparations for putting into procedure the amendments to the Law on ANB, which provide that the director of the Agency will be granted the discretionary right to retire an employee who has more than 30 years of pensionable service. Abazović plans to secure the adoption of amendments to this law by urgent procedure, after which the conditions would be met for Boris Milić to retire operatives with the most experience – Pobjeda’s sources from the Agency warn.
They also point out that the new management is planning to restart false disciplinary procedures in order to terminate the employment relationship of people who are a problem for the realization of Abazović’s ideas.
– They are doing this following the example of Dejan Vuksic – our interlocutors added.
Pobjeda wrote in a series of articles that the former first man of the agency, who was appointed to this position thanks to the DF and people from the top of the Serbian church, tried to get rid of many ANB employees loyal to the state, in order to ensure the smooth running of the Serbian, that is, the Russian factor in the Agency.
The new ANB leadership is now preparing the “institutional framework” to implement this old plan.
According to them, preparations are underway in the Agency for the recruitment of new staff, “for the selection of which the only criterion will be political suitability, that is, affiliation to Ura or recommendations from Ura, but also from the Democratic Front”.
– There will be no qualitative security checks and assessments of the candidate’s professional credentials. The Ministry of Finance, at the behest of outgoing Prime Minister Abazovic, has provided the financial resources needed to hire new staff, so it is working quickly to select candidates for more than a hundred vacant positions, which represents almost half of the Agency – according to Pobjeda sources.
It was agreed, they add, that part of the officials should be chosen by the Democratic Front, “so that this political entity would support changes to the Law on ANB and would not raise questions related to events within the Agency”.
– The events on the political scene after the local elections, i.e. the almost certain upcoming parliamentary elections, after which Ura will not have the same influence on the executive as in the previous period, have accelerated Abazovic’s pre-prepared plan, which ordered all activities to be carried out as soon as possible to ensure that he will retain his influence in the cabinet even after the expected loss of power, the agency’s sources said.
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The destruction of the already weak national security service began rapidly in late 2020, when the pro-Russian and pro-Serb government of Zdravko Krivokapic, in which Abazovic was deputy prime minister and security services coordinator, took control.
In the pro-Russian and pro-Serb government, Abazović proved to be the “guardian of Western values” of Montenegro, with the full confidence of Western addresses, but when he overthrew Krivokapić and he became prime minister at the end of April this year, it turned out that he was the least pro-Western person.
He was forced to appoint as head of the NSA Sava Kentera, a man the Western partners trusted. But because he failed to bring him under his control, and then by appointing his friend Artan Kurti as inspector general at the agency to gain access to classified data, he fired him on October 7 – in the middle of two international raids – disrupting a network of Russian spies in the country and uncovering a state tobacco smuggling scheme.
Abazovic was not informed about these actions until they were finished, and the branches of both cases lead to his Ura, and possibly to him personally.
– What Abazović is doing will permanently devastate the Agency’s capacities, and the goal, even if it seems so, is to remove the last line of defense against the complete destruction of the state of Montenegro, which is what the Russian intelligence services are working diligently on in cooperation with proxies from Serbia – our interlocutors point out.
According to them, the international reputation of ANB has been ruined, primarily, by the choice of personnel that do not enjoy any trust from the partner services.
– The departure of officers who have proven to be fighters for a European and Euro-Atlantic Montenegro, with the simultaneous acceptance of those who support who support the regime of the Russian Federation and the values it personifies, would create the conditions to strengthen the Russian intelligence influence on the Montenegrin national security service, and thus remove the most powerful obstacle to the diversion of Montenegro from the European path – warn Pobjeda sources from ANB.
They are also adamant that it is not a question of ignorance of decision-makers, but of deliberate activity aimed at disabling the Agency for the protection of the interests of the state of Montenegro./Pobjeda