INTERVIEWInterview with Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.
Articles by Sergej Belous
Russia plans to provide sophisticated air-defence systems to Syria, which might escalate global tensions, admits the vice-speaker of the country's parliament.
Russian Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexey “Lexus” Stolyarov influence world politics by tricking world leaders to expose their behind-the-scenes rhetoric and, in cases, ignorance. In February, they got through to US congresswoman Maxine Waters, posing as the Ukrainian PM complaining about Russian invasions around the globe.
After fifty years of fruitless waiting, Turkey drops the idea of EU membership and turns eastwards towards Russia, restoring the severed ties and eyeing a membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization or BRICS. The Istanbul professor Mehmet Perinçek explains the logic behind Ankara’s u-turn.
Elections in Montenegro October 16 were crucial for the question of whether the country would apply for NATO membership or approaching Russia. The result, however, has been an unclear parliamentary situation in which neither the ruling party nor the fragmented opposition won a majority. The election was also marked by corruption allegations, where expatriates without the right to vote were allowed to do so and where votes even were bought. Free West Media reports from Montenegro.
INTERVIEWInterior Minister of the Republika Srpska, Dragan Lukač, underscores that the recent referendum on the national day of the enclave republic should not be perceived as a step towards independence. Among his observations is also the existence of a “White Al-Qaeda” consisting of Bosniaks who are Europeans in appearance and descent but also Muslim jihadis.
The successful plebiscite showing overwhelming support for the “national interest” of the enclave republic strengthened the hand of its president Milorad Dodik. His meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin also seems to reveal a keen interest taken by Russia in the issue and potential future support from the Kremlin for the Serbian inhabitants of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
BOSNIAA serious political crisis has been unfolding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and, to be exact, in one constituent part of it – the entity of Republika Srpska – for a year already. The crisis in this post-Yugoslav country threatens the stability of the entire region. The opposition wants to sue the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance for accepting foreign loans without the approval of parliament. Recently, demonstrations were held by both opposition and government supporters in the capital Banja Luka. Nya Tider attended both demonstrations and interviewed leading figures on both sides.
The government representative Luka Petrović meets Nya Tider in Banja Luka to describe the recent turbulent events and the position of the authorities. He is the Secretary General of the Union of Independent Social-Democrats (SNSD) and the deputy president of the party. He solemnly warns that his country is becoming a bridgehead for foreign terrorists into Europe.
The opposition leader Dragan Čavić, former President of Republika Srpska, tells Nya Tider about the work of the opposition and the recent demonstrations. He also explains his view on the Dayton Agreement, which he has been involved in negotiating, and which was a peace treaty between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia and Croatia, and resulted in the forming of a NATO peace force and a new constitution for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1998 Čavić was deemed obstructing the Agreement and was therefore stripped of his parliamentary seat by the EU and forbidden to work politically for five years. Already in the elections of 2002 he however became Vice President and in 2006 he was elected President of the Republika Srpska.