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Hoxhaj: Putin uses Kosovo as antithesis to the west

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enver Hoxhaj said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made efforts to use Kosovo as an antithesis in relation to Western countries.

Speaking in the RTK documentary “VIRUSSIA” which is exploring Russian propaganda and misinformation, Hoxhaj explains that the Russian Federation has produced a false narrative about Kosovo.

“Vladimir Putin has tried to use Kosovo as an antithesis to the West, to pursue a policy of intervention in sovereign states, violation of their territorial integrity, fragmentation of territories and unification of these territories with Russia. And it has done so since the summer of 2008 when the war between Russia and Georgia over Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke, to Transnistria and finally the annexation of Crimea, which has been totally illegal and which has no basis “, says Hoxhaj.

He adds that Russia constantly produces fabrications and lies concerning our country.

“There is no other country that has produced a false narrative about Kosovo, different fabrications, different lies about Kosovo as Russia did,” he added.

According to former Serbian Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic, “Russia’s national and state interest is a strong presence in the Balkans.”

“Here in Serbia, in tabloids with great Russian influence, terrible propaganda is being made against Europe and the West,” Draskovic claims.

The executive director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Jelena Milic, says that within a year, more than 100 pro-Kremlin organizations have been established in Serbia.

“Over 100 different pro-Kremlin organizations have been formed in just one year, and in this period, we have had, as I call it, ‘an artificially cultivated world, media, various associations, compatriot associations, quasi NGOs,'” said Milic.

As for the investigative journalist Avdo Avdic, the Russians are using the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“The Russians are using both the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the criminals to put pressure on people who do not think like them,” Avdic says.

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