Lunic: The letter of Western politicians is just a worn-out lobbying narrative
The Executive Director of the Council for Strategic Policies, Nikola Lunic, believes that the letter from Western politicians addressed to the USA, the EU, and Great Britain is just one worn-out and already-seen lobbying narrative that tries to connect the security instability in Kosovo with the global geopolitical context, Danas reports.
"Pristina has been using the same mantra for a long time about 'recent discoveries of weapons warehouses in the north of Kosovo and reports of arms smuggling across the border between Serbia and Kosovo as a foreign policy argument that has been denied even by NATO, i.e. the KFOR mission. The political leaders to whom the letter was addressed are most certainly informed about the causes of the escalation of tensions in Kosovo and Metohija, but also about Serbia's unchanging position regarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," Lunic said.
As he adds, that letter should not be given the importance it does not have because the signatories of the letter were not informed, nor should they be, about the real contribution that Serbia provides to the Ukrainian struggle for freedom.
"That's why I would recommend to the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine, Oleksandr Merezhko, that before signing such lobbying pamphlets, he consults with his president, Zelenskyy," he said.
Nevertheless, Lunic points out that it should be borne in mind that populism in the modern world leaves deep traces in public opinion, and influences the policies and foreign policy orientation of many countries in the world.
As he states, today it is often impossible to separate populism from misinformation and malicious activity, which can represent a major security challenge for Serbia.
Therefore, he adds, Serbia should not ignore such a populist narrative and disinformation pamphlet embodied in the letter of Western politicians but rather acquire dedicated allies and reliable partners with a transparent foreign policy.
"The aggressive tone of the letter only shows that Belgrade is well on its way to achieving such foreign policy relations," Lunic concludes.
The presidents of the foreign policy committees of the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, some members of the European and British parliaments, as well as US Congressmen Dina Titus and Ritchie Torres and Senator Rob Menendez, sent a letter to EU officials, the US and Great Britain, in which, among other things, they state that the approach towards Serbia, which in their view is too lenient, should be changed.