The Atlantic Council of Montenegro strongly condemns the unjustified and unprovoked Russian attack on Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin once again showed his imperialist tendencies and chose the path of aggression against a sovereign and independent state.

This is a severe violation of the principles of international law and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security. The sole responsibility for the death and destruction that this attack will bring lies with Russia and its President.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not just an attack on a sovereign state, but a direct attack on democracy and its values. In order to protect his own authoritarian regime, Vladimir Putin is ready to endanger millions of lives. This horrible day for Ukraine and a dark day for Europe will have unforeseeable consequences, due to which the people of Ukraine and Russia will particularly suffer.

The fact is that Vladimir Putin will not stop in Ukraine. For that reason, special attention should be paid to the Western Balkans, which has proven to be a fertile ground for Russian operations. Putin will continue to destabilize this region and hinder its democratization and development.

For these reasons, it is crucial for NATO allies to show determination and strongly oppose the aggressor and the anti-democratic values that Putin is trying to impose on Ukraine, but also on the rest of Europe.

Also, at this critical moment, Montenegro must be a factor of stability in the Western Balkans that will lead the entire region on the path to the European Union. That is why it is of great importance to form a new European, pro-Western Government as soon as possible, which will stand up for the protection of Euro-Atlantic values, and which will oppose Russian influence both in the country and in the Western Balkans region.

President of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro

Dr. Savo Kentera

The 12th 2BS FORUM, one of the leading politico-security conferences in Southeast Europe, organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, will take place on October 6-8, 2022.
The forum will mark twelve years of its efforts to influence, change and shape new and tactical thinking and provide answers for regional and global burning challenges.

The 2BS Forum will highlight several wide-ranging themes that pose a challenge to current regional and global security frameworks and raise special concerns across the Euro-Atlantic community to re-analyze and reboot common goals and joint efforts to further strengthen and secure a sustainable and thriving future for the SEE region and the wider Europe.

Mark the date in your calendars and stay tuned for more information on how you can join us!

In case you have missed some of last year Forum discussions, find a recap of things that took place below:

Sessions Recap
2BS Forum Gallery
Livestreaming Recap

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2BS Forum Team

We are delighted to introduce the fourth issue of our ACM Briefs, The Russo-Ukraine crisis, and the Western Balkans: Associations and knock-on effects, published in January 2022. These Policy Briefs are a part of the bigger project funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy (GMF) and USAID aimed at providing laser-sharp insights into the political and social trends in the region, strengthen dialogue, present concrete policy recommendations regarding pressing international and security issues in the Western Balkans.

This policy brief discusses the Ukraine crisis through the prism of the Western Balkans by looking at three particular aspects: first, it compares the two regional cases in terms of similarities and differences; second, it compares their links with the West and third, it looks at Russia’s influence on the Western Balkans in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict. It argues that while the Western Balkan countries are not frontline states in the Russo-`Ukrainian conflict, they are feeling its reverberations, with a risk of becoming a proxy hybrid battlefield in the increasing antagonism between Russia and the West.

You can access the ACM Brief via following link