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The Sunday elections in Montenegro can be compared with the subbotnik, during which the population decided to remove from the parliament the rubbish accumulated in the country in recent years. Residents have made it clear that if the government continues its rapprochement with NATO, while neglecting the opinion of citizens, the measures to sweep the litter from the political hut will continue.
The parliamentary elections in Montenegro indicate a gradual increase in dissatisfaction with the Assembly (Montenegrin parliament) chosen by the foreign policy. The main political association oriented towards European integration, the Democratic Party of Socialists, lost more than 5% of its supporters, when compared with the elections-2012.
It seems that the main factor that deprived the parliamentarians of their seats was the active imposition of a policy aimed at flirting with the West, which the majority of Montenegrins do not share. Recall that in May the Assembly finally received a long-awaited invitation from Brussels with a proposal to join the North Atlantic Alliance.
Now Podgorica has the status of a permanent observer in Brussels meetings. However, as the Prime Minister and former president of the Balkan state Milo Djukanovic said, by the middle of 2017, Montenegro would become a full-fledged 29 member of the military-political bloc.
At the same time, the interests of their own citizens in resolving such an important state issue, as the politician believes, can be neglected. So, after the dispersal of one of the anti-NATO rallies in the capital of Montenegro, the former president said that popular discontent would not prevent the country from joining NATO in a short time. It seems that at the recent voting, residents nevertheless recalled Djukanovic’s refusal to reckon with their opinion, depriving members of the party headed by the Prime Minister of warm seats in parliament.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, expressed the hope that the elected representatives of Montenegro would finally listen to their citizens. In her speech, the diplomat stressed that almost half of the voters cast votes to parties advocating for a referendum on joining the North Atlantic Alliance.
Note that the indignation of the pro-Western course chosen by the Assembly is due not only to the sad pages. storieswhen NATO "kindly" bombed Yugoslav cities in NATO's 1999 year. An important role is played by the economic factor. After all, the dubious friendship with the military "peacemaker" is not cheap: the charter of the organization requires the state to spend at least 2% of GDP for military needs.
In addition, the possible membership of Podgorica in the North Atlantic Alliance is contrary to NATO policy. In accordance with the position of Brussels, the state cannot become a member of the military-political bloc unless such a decision is shared by the majority of the population. However, it has long been known that the Western authorities are not accustomed to reckon with the interests of citizens. Such is the understanding of democracy in the West.
- Vladimir Sergeev