Janusz Bugajski, Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Analysis in an opinion has “scanned” the strategy and plans of Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic about the region, namely Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro, Gazeta Express reports.
Bugajski said that in recent years, the Greater Serbia project has been revived under the presidency of Aleksandar Vucic, adding however that Vucic has changed its strategy comparing with the policies of his predecessor Slobodan Milosevic. “But unlike during the Slobodan Milosevic era, the agenda no longer revolves around outright war, ethnic murders, mass expulsions, and territorial capture. The campaign now operates through three main principles – stealth, flexibility, and patience. Under Milošević, an enlarged Serbia was supposed to emerge from a crumbling Yugoslavia by seizing territories containing Serbian majorities from neighboring republics and by murdering or expelling other ethnic groups to create Serbian majorities. The project failed largely because of the resistance of Croats, Bosniaks, Albanians, and Montenegrins, and eventual international military intervention led by the United States,” Bugajski wrote.
According to Bugajski Kosovo cannot be reabsorbed by Serbia as there is no international support for such a reversal and the Albanian population is determined to remain independent. Belgrade’s objective is to indefinitely delay a final settlement or “normalization” in bilateral relations with Pristina and keep Kosovo unstable and uncertain about its future. “The debates about partition and land swaps were not genuine but a means to distract attention and stir conflicts within the Kosovar leadership. A weak Kosovo enables Belgrade to increase its regional leverage,” Bugajski wrote