perceived by the Serb elite
30 January 2008, HCHRS
Mihajlo Markovic, academician:
Election of Tomislav Nikolic could end the existing
vassal-like and servile relations towards the leading powers of the
world globalization which had broken up our country, introduced
sanctions against us, bombarded us, continue to blackmail us, and strive
to take Kosovo from us and thus continue to carve us up.
(...) I think that the choice of Nikolic would enable
us to ensure the mutually good co-operation with the Western Europe,
plus necessary forms of co-operation with Russia, China and other
countries interested in equitable political and economic relations with
Finally I hope that the choice of Nikolic could
provide for a major role of the state in the necessary recovery of
economy and combat against unemployment, and in strengthening of social
(...) As regards integration relations, we are already
in Europe, we are ready to co-operate with all of them, but without
blackmail, on an equal footing. We don't need so-called Atlantic
integrations. They are not desirable. No country in the world has ever
voluntarily joined a military alliance which had bombarded us, and which
is now misappropriating part of its country.
(...) Tadic kept bowing to the neighbors, was servile
and kept apologizing for the war crimes committed in the civil war by
(Pobeda, 26-27 January 2008)
Branka Nevestic, journalist:
Intra-coalition pressure keeps this country from
superfluous orientations and prevents it from responding to the false
dilemma -the East and West.
We don't need that response, it is not required by
anyone, barring the "internal friends". They are the only ones who want
us to declare our allegiance either for Russia or Europe, that is
America, and thus hang on the roles which they had been given.
Hence it is good that the Russian gas shall shortly
start running through Serbia.since the French, British and American
cannot. It is of no interest why diverse political and media stooges
would prefer the Western gas. We all know that the profits from the said
gas would not go into their pockets, to give them energy for their
"lofty struggle" which they call -the European future. Regardless of the
line toed by the ruling coalition, the latter managed to prove that
without the Serb present there is no Serb future, even the European one.
Perhaps that is the only way for Serbia to become stronger, mightier and
more important than the politicians leading it. Hence Serbia in this
January has the chance to recover its shaken dignity and start feeling
like-a state. In that effort it was clearly helped by the energy deal
with Russia and would be helped by the expected signing of the
Association and Stabilization Agreement with Russia. Ilic and Delic.
Each with his pen and signature. For a strong and stable Serbia.
(Press, 25 January 2008)
Ceda Antic, historian:
Collapse of the Soviet Union set the stage for
Russia's comeback to the East, to the place it belonged before the 18th
century. Yeltsin's Russia was not inclined towards Milosevic regime.
Russia did not prevent the sanctions and vilification and isolation of
Serbia. During the NATO intervention, the Russian mine-laying vessel
"Puskin" has never made it to the Adriatic Sea. Russian contingent
victoriously arrived in Pristina, before the NATO troops, but due to
under-funding, was quickly pulled out. The new Russian policy on Serbia,
Kosovo and energy future of the Balkans is part of a continuous
strategy. Like during the reigns of Catharine II, Nicholay I and
Nicholay II, Russia got an ally in the shape of Serbia, at the time when
the states separating them are not on Russia's and Serbia's side.
(Evropa, 24 January 2008)