People’s Party leader Vuk Jeremic said on Feb. 13 that Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic “has lost his compass” when it comes to the current events in his country, while the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is trying to “take control over the process” by winning over Metropolitan Amfilohije, who is at the head of the people’s protests in Montenegro.
“Vucic is currently courting [Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral] Amfilohije by sending him messages of support and saying that [Amfilohije] can count on his support, while at the same time, [Vucic] is working against him through his Western channels, presenting Amfilohije as an agent of Russian interests. To make the matters more bizarre and horrifying, [Vucic] is doing the same thing to [Amfilohije] in Moscow,” said Jeremic in an interview for the Direktno web portal.
According to Jeremic, Vucic and his people in Moscow speak of Amfilohije as someone who is fanatically loyal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and who is doing everything in his power to suppress Russian interests in the Balkans.
“To summarize, Vucic and Serbian diplomacy, as we speak, are in both the West and East not only not indifferent, they are aggressively besmirching Amfilohije,” said Jeremic, adding that Djukanovic and Vucic “have entered the whole law on the freedom of religion in Montenegro thing,” hand in hand, and will not part until the very end.”
“Their criminal interests are too tightly knit together to be separated. And when Vucic tells someone ‘in confidence’ that, ‘Milo Djukanovic is my adversary, my enemy, I’ll do this and that against him’ – he isn’t telling the truth. Together they are too deeply involved in organized crime to be able to survive one without the other,” concluded Jeremic.