There will continue to be pressure on Serbia, especially when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija and the Republika Srpska.
But international circumstances have changed significantly, and we are no longer in the first post-Cold War decade, when the United States was the only sheriff on the international scene.
China’s rise is unstoppable, Russia has strengthened its presence in international relations and the EU is in a serious, life-threatening crisis. All this, as a country, opens up room for maneuver for us to easily cope with the pressures and to pursue the policy of a sovereign and independent state that is in full accordance with our libertarian tradition.
This is how Milos Jovanovic, the leader of the DSS and the presidential candidate of the NADA coalition, in an interview with “Novosti”, answers the question where he expects the greatest pressure on Serbia – on the issues of Kosovo and Metohija, RS or cooperation with Russia.
– The policy of military neutrality is also of great importance, which makes Serbia not classify itself and remain faithful to its special civilizational position of a country that is “East in the West and West in the East”. It is this policy that shows that as a nation we still have national ambitions. That’s how it should stay!
How do you view the decision of the so-called boycott of the opposition to participate in the election race?
– I do not watch at all, nor do I think about what the pro-Western, let alone Brussels, opposition is doing.
Would you withdraw your presidential candidacy if an agreement on one candidate is made in the wider opposition bloc?
– I don’t know which broader opposition bloc you are talking about. I do not see the family and rather painful gathering of the Democratic Party as a broader opposition bloc, nor as a serious alternative to this government, because Serbia does not need worse, but better people to take responsibility for running state affairs. The Serbian coalition NADA, which consists of POKS, DSS and more than 25 associations of citizens and which is supported by people like Matija Bećković, today represents the only true alternative to this government.
Do you think that the people who are mentioned as potential joint candidates of the opposition – Marinika Tepic, Zdravko Ponos, Sinisa Kovacevic – have a chance against Vucic?
– People who think that the crime of genocide was committed in Srebrenica or people who think that NATO is a good option for our country, will never have a chance for anything in Serbia again.
And it is good that it is so. The people in Serbia are far healthier than the Serbian elites. But, if it is normal and natural for Serbia to be led by a man who is a true patriot, it is equally important that this man has a true sense of democracy, nurtures an open and reasoned public debate, gathers people around the general interest and creates consensus on the most important national issues. , and not to divide the people and bring discord among the citizens.
Why did you run in the presidential elections, when your NADA coalition has a renewal of the kingdom in its program principles?
– I ran because I am ready to perform the highest state function and because Serbia needs a president who knows that nationally and democratically they must go hand in hand and that in addition to patriotism, you must have hearing and tolerance for different attitudes. And when it comes to the kingdom, the Serbian coalition NADA is committed to opening the issue and, in the foreseeable future, for the citizens to make a decision on it in a referendum. And that is an extremely important issue within our program because it actually concerns our deeper national foundation. Today, as a nation, we have a historic opportunity to complete our identity and nationality, after almost a century of wandering through Yugoslavia and communism. We have the opportunity to magnetize our national compass, to know what our letter is, what is the role of our church in national history, to clearly define our relationship to the recent and distant past and to synthesize our history through general national reconciliation, to make our national culture shines, to define clear answers when it comes to the most important national interests … Within that infinitely important endeavor of national rooting, the debate on the crown must inevitably open, because it accompanied Serbian statehood throughout history, from 1217 to 29. November 1945. And that is simply a historical fact. But about that – later. Until then, as the Serbian coalition, NADA will solve a number of other issues, from the establishment of a legal state instead of a party state to the issue of decentralization, corruption and the development of the economy and agriculture.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A POWERFUL ARMY
Why do you advocate compulsory military service?
– Because the return of conscripts to the Serbian Army inevitably strengthens the country’s defense capability. And given the geopolitical context in which Serbia finds itself, it is of the utmost importance that as a state we have a powerful army in order to be able to preserve peace and our national interests at the same time.
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