Love of convenience in Slavic.

Serbia is the main pillar of Moscow in the Balkans and the forthcoming "Trojan horse" of the Russian Federation in the EU. On January 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Belgrade. This visit was accompanied by a powerful information campaign in both Russian and Serbian media.  


By Mykhailo Gonchar, Vitalii Martyniuk 


Meanwhile, the leaders of both countries have demonstrated a mutual love, focusing on energy and the "Kosovo issue." A. Vučić drew attention to the thousands of Serbs who gathered in the Serbian capital to "congratulate the Russian president," and Putin emphasized the traditional "scurry" - "centuries-old ties of friendship and close spiritual relations." Today, the demonstration of such love is beneficial to the leadership of both countries. Thanks to this, the Serbian leadership receives electoral support for a part of the Serbs that is sympathetic to Russia, and the Kremlin strengthens its influence in the Balkans. That is, even in such a demonstrative love, he clearly looks at the mutually beneficial calculation. But in order to keep Serbia's love for Russia fading, Moscow always has a leverage on Belgrade. The first such leverage is the "Kosovo issue," in which the Russian Federation assumed the role of world defender of Serbian interests. This question was the cornerstone of Putin's visit to Belgrade. In the event of Serbia's "inappropriate" behavior, Moscow holds stockpiled an arsenal of influences - from a reduction in international activity to counter Kosovo's independence (primarily as a permanent member of the UN Security Council) to recognize Kosovo as a separate state. The latter seems absurd in the current circumstances, but Russia would not mind exchanging the West's recognition of the annexation of Crimea to Moscow's actions in the "Kosovo issue". Therefore, the Kremlin is helping to maintain a degree of tension over the Kosovo issue, putting some pressure on the EU, acting as an intermediary in its settlement.

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