Hanna Smith
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Cvetanovic, Dragana

Best friends or conditional friends? – A case study on Russian diplomacy in Serbia prior to the 2012 elections

Regarding Serbia’s EU criticism and rising sympathy for a closer connection with Russia, as an alternative to EU, this paper will deal with some cases in which the former Russian ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Konuzin, took an active role in the pre-electoral discussion in 2011-2012. Here I will discuss how Serbian media interpreted the active role of the ambassador as a new form of Russian policy in hope of change of power in Serbia.