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Only Russia could hinder reconciliation process

Dejmond Vilson

Russian intelligence agencies are adaptable and resourceful. Lessons we learned in Montenegro are very helpful, but the only way to ensure stability is through further cooperation and utmost caution. Establishment of resistant democracies, strengthening institutions and raising public awareness is the right way to defend ourselves, says in the interview for Pobjeda Mr Damon Wilson, executive vice-president at the Atlantic Council.

Mr Wilson points out that Washington has strong interest in the EU enlargement process.

“Western Balkans is an unfinished job in Europe. It’s obvious that forthcoming decision concerning Albania and North Macedonia will forge a path for the next several decades. Considering some brave steps taken by leaders in Skopje especially steps related to reaching permanent agreement with the neighbors in Athens, it would be a pity if European leaders withdrew [email protected], said Mr Wilson.

Asked if Russia will try to destabilize region  again, Mr Wilson said he was quite sure that it would.

“Russian intelligence agencies are adaptable and resourceful. Lessons we learned in Montenegro are very helpful, but the only way to ensure stability is through further cooperation and utmost caution. Establishment of resistant democracies, strengthening institutions and raising public awareness is the right way to defend ourselves”, says Mr Wilson.

He sees Montenegro-Serbia relations as complicated.

“Serbia and Montenegro are supposed to be natural partners and allies. For that, countries must have mutual respect and good will. Only Russia could take interest in hindering the reconciliation and cooperation process in the region”, said Mr Wilson.

 

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