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. Although, according to Mykhailo Gonchar and Vitalii Martyniuk, its effectiveness is questionable.
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 emphasised 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 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.