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ANOTHER MANIPULATION? Vulin’s Suggestion for Serbia to Join BRICS


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manipuláció, BRICS / Another manipulation - Serbia to join BRICS
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An opposition lawyer in Belgrade posted on his online profile that another manipulation is in the works, following the suggestion made by Aleksandar Vulin, the director of Serbia’s civilian intelligence agency, BIA (Bezbednosna Informativna Agencija), or more precisely, by two (former) members of his party, that Serbia should join BRICS. The proposal was officially submitted to the Serbian parliament and its president yesterday (August 28th).

Outlining the situation

The proposal was put forward by Bojan Torbica and Đorđe Komlenski, both representatives of the Socialist Movement previously led by Aleksandar Vulin himself. The proposal was addressed to the very progressive parliamentary speaker, Vladimir Orlić.

The self-proclaimed Russian-friendly nationalist party was founded by Vulin in 2008 and led until December 2022. However, after his appointment as the head of the Security Information Agency, he resigned from the party presidency and froze his membership in the party.

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The representatives associated with Vulin dared to submit the proposal (photo source: Serbian parliament)

This does not necessarily mean that he lost his influence or diminished his appetite for manipulation, at least according to Čedomir Stojković, an opposition lawyer who previously filed a complaint against Vulin for promoting the expansion of the Wagner Group in Serbia, in collaboration with the Russian ambassador.

As the head of BIA, Vulin cannot submit a proposal to the Serbian parliament president personally, but he could mobilize both parliamentary representatives of the Socialist Movement, as they do not have more in the 250-member Skupština.

Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president, announced last Thursday (August 24th) that Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will also be invited to join BRICS, which could provide a good opportunity for submitting a Serbian accession proposal.

By the way, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, did not dare to attend the summit of the organization that has so far brought together Russia, China, Brazil, South Africa, and India because the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him for deporting Ukrainian children to Russia. Therefore, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, represented Moscow at the BRICS summit.

Manipulation, i.e., a complete scam

According to the aforementioned lawyer, the resolution proposal for Serbian BRICS membership was actually agreed upon by Aleksandar Vučić and Aleksandar Vulin with the goal of creating the impression in the eyes of the West that the Serbian president is as pro-Western a leader as circumstances allow.

Stojković emphasized that they want to deceive the West with this, but the West must know that Aleksandar Vulin does nothing without Aleksandar Vučić.

The proposal should create the impression that Vučić looks like “he represents the more moderate alternative” compared to Vulin.

However, Stojković noted that there is no more extreme or moderate option, as Aleksandar Vučić is Putin’s man, who “personally created a pro-Russian sentiment in Serbia” and was personally the host of Russian propaganda and politics in Belgrade.

According to the opposition lawyer, the parliament under Vučić’s control will ignore the resolution proposal, and Aleksandar Vučić will broadcast the message to the West through satellites, i.e., Serbian television, that “look, I’m not Putin’s man.”

Stojković believes that in the meantime, everything else will remain unchanged in Serbia, especially when it comes to recruiting for Putin’s army.

The Belgrade lawyer believes that the only correct response from the West can be to not respond substantially to the initiative other than conveying to Aleksandar Vučić, the Serbian president, during personal conversations that “they will certainly not stop Serbia if it chooses the path towards BRICS and Ethiopia.”

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Vučić is less willing to ask KFOR for the northern areas. Elections on December 17?


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The Serbian President gave a tense interview to the Serbian state television (RTS) about the events in Banjska and other current issues. For example, Aleksandar Vučić criticized the channel for broadcasting drone footage of the events on Sunday, which had been posted on the internet by the Kosovar Minister of Interior. The provocative presidential behavior was not directed at a specific host but rather at the institution itself. The Serbian President had a similarly dismissive attitude toward another host in the past.

They had been preparing for the rebellion for a year

President Aleksandar Vučić, in an interview on RTS’s “Oko” program, stated that the Kosovo Serbs were mourning only their own dead, while Serbia commemorated all killed Serbs and the murdered Kosovar police officer on Wednesday. He explained that, according to the Serbian constitution, which regards Kosovo as part of Serbia, they are all Serbian citizens.

This was a strong start, as the photographs of the Kosovar Albanian police officers were not displayed at Serbian memorials, certainly not at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, and Serbian media did not communicate this to the audience.

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There were only three photos at the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade (Screenshot)

He also added that, for him, the killed Serbs would “never be terrorists” but rather family people.

The Serbian President denied the claim by Kosovo’s Minister of Interior that Aleksandar Vulin’s bodyguard, or someone who served as his bodyguard, died in the attack. In fact, the man allegedly served as a security officer for the current director of the Security Information Agency ten years ago.

Vučić also revealed that he has had information for a year that Kosovo (and Metohija) Serbs were preparing for resistance, as they had erected barricades more than a year ago.

– The situation is hot, call it whatever you want, the church, you or me. Kurti did it; he united the Serbs 

the Serbian President said. He also noted that the Kosovo Prime Minister had turned everyone against him, and as a result, they would all fight against him, even if they all perish, but they won’t “board the tractor,” meaning they won’t leave their homeland.

Vučić pointed out that Albin Kurti, the Kosovo Prime Minister, systematically targeted and destroyed the Serbian people because he hates them.

The Serbian president also spoke about the fact that Milan Radoičić, the vice-president of the Serbian List, who was accused of leading the group, never hid it and was not ashamed of his role, so he must be willing to be interrogated by the Serbian authorities, because he is in Central Serbia and thus available to the authorities. Vučić also revealed that Radoičić was not injured.

However, he said that one of the Serbian victims was shot in the head at point-blank range, which is known in Serbia as “overa” (control), and the Serbian president also used this term.

The relationship with KFOR is correct

The Serbian President also discussed the role of international organizations. He mentioned that EULEX was not allowed near the events because not only Kosovo people but also people from the Presevo Valley, known to the Serbian police, were present at the scene.

Regarding communication between the Serbian Army and the KFOR headquarters, Vučić said it was correct because Angelo Michele Ristuccia, the KFOR commander, is a serious person.

However, there appears to be a difference in opinion between the Serbian President and the Serbian Minister of Defense, Miloš Vučević. The latter stated that communication between Serbia and KFOR had been reduced to “elementary technical levels.”

Vučić responded to the demands of Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić and the mentioned Minister of Defense that KFOR take over security in the northern areas. He stated that he could not guarantee the feasibility of this and that Serbs would get along with KFOR because, at least, KFOR wouldn’t break into their homes.

For those with a slightly better memory, they will surely recall that the Serbian President wrote on Instagram just two days ago that he had asked the Quinta Ambassadorial Group to have KFOR take care of all security issues in Northern Kosovo instead of “Kurti’s police.”1

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Regarding this, the Serbian President presented another scenario and suggested attempting dialogue to compel Kurti to establish the Community of Serbian Municipalities (Zajednica Srpskih Opština, ZSO), which would place the police under Serbian control, and Serbian police officers would take charge of matters.

The Serbian President believes this is why Kurti does not want to fulfill this Serbian demand, even though the people are on the brink of rebellion.

Vučić may or may not fulfill it

The Serbian President appears to be planning to hold early elections not in March or February but as early as December 17 or possibly December 23, complying with opposition demands.

He plans to hold various local elections at that time, despite the opposition’s specific request to hold only the Belgrade elections alongside the early elections and not to include regional or local elections.

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Regarding some of the opposition’s election demands, the Serbian President stated that he fully accepted opposition proposals, but as the previous sentence suggests, this is not entirely true.

Vučić did not rule out that he would lead the Serbian Progressive Party’s list if asked, which, as previously noted here on BALK, is quite inappropriate given his position as the President of all Serbian citizens.

Aleksandar Vučić, the Serbian President, also reported that a new indictment has been filed against Vojislav Šešelj in The Hague. He emphasized that the indictment was filed against Šešelj and four others for contempt of court.

– Just to add to the pressure

Vučić said briefly.

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