The Balkans is where Europe must show that it has learned the lessons of the Ukrainian crisis, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev told a conference in Sofia on October 8.
“Moscow has put the Balkans at the centre of its geopolitical interests,” Plevneliev said, adding that “our concern is that the policy of ‘great powers’ will ignore the sovereignty of individual nations, and this could lead to further instability.
“History has taught us that Europe is most easily destabilised through the Balkans. Therefore the EU must cease to see South Eastern Europe as peripheral, but as a centre of European geopolitical interests and policies,” Plevneliev said.
He said that Russia was applying a policy of spheres of influence and great powers that define and decide the fate of other sovereign states and that this policy is characteristic of the 19th century and is dangerous.
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