BELGRADE – Hillary Clinton’s victory in the United States presidential election will further destabilize the situation in the Balkans, said Filip Kovacevic, a Montenegrin political analyst and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.
Kovacevic commented on the possible consequences of the US election for the Balkan region and the entire international community. “I will say it now: if [Democrat candidate Hillary] Clinton wins this will not be good for the Balkans. During her campaign, she has delivered a perfect example of a hawkish American politician,” he said in an interview with Sputnik Serbia.
Thus, the US may ramp up military, intelligence and media efforts against countries opposing Washington’s world order conception, including Russia, China, Iran and Venezuela, the analyst suggested.
He added that if Hillary Clinton wins the US is likely to start applying the same measures to those European Union country members who would try to turn away from the “Atlantic geopolitical course” and neoliberal economic policy. “Hillary Clinton’s victory will bring even more political and economic instability to the Balkan region which has long been a crossroads of the East and the West,” Kovacevic said. He also warned that new clashes in the Balkans cannot be ruled out. The expert also shared his thoughts on Montenegro’s future accession to NATO and its consequences for regional security. On December 2, 2015, NATO invited Montenegro to join the military bloc, in its first expansion into Eastern Europe in six years. The government accepted the invitation next day, triggering nationwide anti-NATO protests.
For Montenegro to become a full-fledged alliance member, all 28 NATO countries must ratify the founding treaty to include the new country.
Kovacevic said that several months ago he submitted a letter to American senators, highlighting four reasons why the Montenegro NATO accession agreement should not be ratified. “The main reason is that the Montenegrin government will not let the people decide on NATO accession through the principal democratic mechanism – at a referendum. The government knows that Montenegrin people will vote against the accession due to different reasons, including political, economic, historic and moral,” the expert pointed out.
NATO’s propaganda is “dividing Montenegro” and creating obstacles for the country’s political and economic development, according to Kovacevic. “As a nation, Montenegro could have a goal to be a mediator between the East and the West. The country should help them reconcile and cooperate. It should not side with the East or the West,” he concluded.