Dr. Aleksandar Raković, historian, was a guest on a television program on the Radio-Television of Serbia this morning, where he spoke on the Serbian issue in Kosovo and Metohija, the Republic of Srpska and Montenegro.

Raković said that the matter of the security of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija was within the jurisdiction of the KFOR, but also that there were ways, as we have heard from President Vučić, for the Republic of Serbia to prevent a pogrom and an exile of Serbs from the southern Serbian province.

Apart from that, Raković also said that the relations between Serbia and Albania have been strained for a long time, in particular in the last hundred years since Albanian separatists in Kosovo and Metohija have been undermining the Serbian and Yugoslavian statehood.

Raković stressed that the resolution of the situation in Kosovo and Metohija in the beginning of September should be observed through the lens of those strained relations, which a part of the Western international community is deliberately deteriorating.

Contrary to that, Raković said, Dritan Abazović shined a light in the tunnel of those poor relations between Serbia and Albania by signing the Basic Agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church, for which Serbs are grateful.

Raković told RTS that a couple of weeks prior to the crash of Abazović’s government, he had been told by a Western diplomat that the government of Montenegro would go down.

Raković’s response to the diplomat was that he did not believe in that outcome, given that Bečić’s party is close to the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, and that Bečić should not be overthrowing the Government of Montenegro over the signed Basic Agreement.

As it turned out, Raković said, the foreigners had accurate intelligence on the overthrow of the Government of Montenegro, and they had exerted more influence on Bečić’s party than the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral had.

And as it concerns the Republic of Srpska, Raković pointed out that it, too, was involved in the sequence of destabilization of the Serbian space and that the events in Kosovo and Metohija, the Republic of Srpska and Montenegro were fully connected.

Raković concluded that Serbs were a mature nation which is aware of its interests and common goals, and that Serbia would never give up on Kosovo and Metohija, the Republic of Srpska and Serbs in Montenegro, because that would be impossible — given that the Serbian statehood was made in all of those spaces.