The Montenegrin president has criticized the European Union for making it easier for Moscow to spread its propaganda in the Balkans. Milo Dziukanovic assessed that on Sunday his compatriots would face a choice between his pro-EU policy and the “brutal populism” of the current government.
– Russia she just filled the gap she left behind European Union the president said on Tuesday Montenegro Milo Dziukanović, criticizing the European Union for making it easier for Moscow to spread its propaganda in the Balkans.
Montenegro’s president warned that the “negligence” of the European Union has made the Balkans a platform for anti-EU narratives supported by Russia. – For the last 10 years, the Union did not know what to do with the region. Russia knew and developed its network here, Dziukanovic told the Associated Press.
Presidential elections in Montenegro
On Sunday, Montenegro will hold the second round of presidential elections, in which 61-year-old Dziukanovic will face former minister of economic development, 37-year-old Jakov Milatovic. The incumbent president received the largest support in the first round, amounting to over 35 percent. votes with 29 percent. given to his opponent.
However, it was Milatović who won the support of other candidates running in the first round before the second round. One of them was Andrija Mandić – a pro-Serbian and pro-Russian politician who was accused of participating in the 2016 coup d’état attempt with the help of Russian services.
Dziukanovic assessed that on Sunday Montenegrins will face a choice between his pro-EU policy and the “brutal populism” of the current government, which supports the candidacy of his opponent. Milatović himself announced during his campaign that he would remain on the path that would lead Montenegro to EU membership.
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