Interview With Professor Ivo Hristov On The Situation On The Balkans (Part 1)

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Professor Ivo Hristov is one of the most famous Bulgarian sociologists and political analysts. He’s been a member of the Bulgarian Parliament since the elections in 2017. SouthFront’s Viktor Stoilov sat down with him to talk about the situation on the Balkans and the Chinese interests in Syria and the Middle East which you’ll be able to read in the second part of the interview.

Interview With Professor Ivo Hristov On The Situation On The Balkans (Part 1)

Professor Hristov, let’s talk about the situation on the Balkans and more specifically the anti-government protests in Albania. Who is behind those protests? They seem to be very well-organized which rarely happens without an external help.

First, there is ground for such protests. The people there are protesting against the corruption in the government and its connection with organized crime groups. These reasons can be easily used for instigating protests in every Balkan country because the problems are similar almost everywhere there. I can’t say who’s behind them but there’s surely objective reasons for them.

In addition, a lot of “easy money” flowed in Albania especially from the Albanian diaspora from outside, mainly in sectors such as tourism which might be a reason for such protests. But again, there are objective reasons for such protests.

We’re seeing that Western Macedonia and especially the area around Ohrid is literally being bought out by Albanians. Can we expect a new ethnic conflict there?

No, the ethnic conflict in the past was instigated from some external forces mainly from the West and the objective was to remove Macedonia from the sphere of influence of Serbia and to turn Macedonia [the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia] in the country which it is today – a Western political, military and economic protectorate.

There’s a historically planted conflict between the expanding demographically Albanian population and the so-called Macedonians which, I think, might end up with an ethnic cleansing and a complete removal of the Slavic elements west of the Vardar. The process is in an advanced phase and that’s why the situation is such – former Bulgarian towns like Tetovo, Debar, Gostivar, Struga and others are completely Albanized. Struga, the town of the Miladinovi brothers, is now completely Albanian. The villages around the Ohrid Lake are also Albanized, only with the exception of some in the South-Eastern part of the lake. The Albanian factor doesn’t need an armed conflict, they’ll achieve their goals in a natural demographic way. The same could be said for Skopje which is now in half Albanian. The Albanians are officially stating the Skopje will be the capital of Albanian Macedonia.

Here we should probably mention Serbia. Not even 20 years have passed since NATO bombed Belgrade, and yet it seems like they are heading towards the EU and the so-called Euro-Atlantic values.

They don’t have a choice. Even though it is believed that Serbia is the main Russian ally on the Balkans (there are just no other left), due to the weak foreign policy of Moscow, including the one on the Balkans, Russia lost traditionally pro-Russian countries and nations such as Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria where it all started. This is just the outcome of the ongoing process. The reality is such that Serbia will enter the Western sphere of influence, not in NATO due to the still recent trauma of the aggression against them. But it’s just a matter of time for them for them to enter the sphere of influence of the West.

Does Russia, right now, have the necessary resources to counter the US influence on the Balkans?

Most probably not. Russia has taken a defensive stance and is forced to defend its own territories and interests. It’s obvious that the Western elites have made a decision to execute the “Final Solution” (referring to the German one) to the Russian problem. They’ve declared war on Russia on every possible direction – economic, political, cultural, ideological and, as we see now, even in sports and so on. The only thing stopping the West from starting a direct military confrontation with Russia is the fact that they have a vast nuclear arsenal.

It’s a public secret that the Balkans are a center of Al-Qaeda-linked groups. What’s their purpose and who is behind them? For what purposes can they be used for?

First, I’m not sure if there are groups linked to Al-Qaeda as I don’t know what’s in reality Al-Qaeda as strangely as it may sound. Al-Qaeda is a very convenient label for any kind of Islamist groups and creations, and with a very unclear and interesting origins. Therefore, it’s most probably a lab-created structure with a goal of being a scarecrow for the ordinary Western people in order for them to be trained in the “right” direction.

As to if there are Islamist groups on the Balkans, it’s more than obvious that there are, and especially in the ex-Yugoslavian region – Bosna, Kosovo, Sandžak, and Western Macedonia. However, that’s not the case in Albania where the religion is not so strong and cannot be used for the mobilization of large masses of people, contrary to the Albanian population in the other former Yugoslavian countries. There are serious cultural differences between the Albanians in Albania and the ones outside of the country.

To be continued in Part 2 of the interview where we talked about the Chinese interests in Syrian and the Middle East.

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  • Vince Dhimos

    The article linked below contains important clues as to what is happening in Kosovo, where almost every church has been desecrated thanks in part to the Saudi influence. The West, even alt-news sites, is silent on this issue: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/desecration-of-churches-a-new-european-standard

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    • jj

      Well unfortunately hardly anyone cares but the Serbs – they need others to back them up and help them fight against the huge injustice. And what was done against Serbs was NATO practicing and warming up against other countries and Christians/Orthodox Christians.

      • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

        I love to imagine that no one cared about Leonidas too, that he was then called “Hitler on the Balkans”, freak, serial & mass murderer, leader of genocidial people… racist (I’ve heard that too… which is quite interesting claim, because when applied to our case… it’s hilariously absurd… but: snowflakes have no brain and mouth is very capable organ…) and all that MSM shit they dumped on us… and still dumping, in small pockets, just to remind us who is the boss… but after eons pass… someone will make uber-cool CGI movie about Milošević showing middle finger to NATO and USA at peak of their might :) because: we are the FIRST white people to have war with US Army since WWII, and if all goes well, so “our” forces take moderation of history, we will be remembered on the same way Leonidas is – the first to draw the line on the ground and say: come and get it baby.

        But, I just wonder if they’ll still shoot uber-cool CGI movies in year 6527. :) hhahahahahha

  • Cheryl Brandon

    LIBERALS, WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR? ABSOLUTELY FUCK ALL!

    They
    gleefully repeat their empty platitudes couched in vague words

    In
    their role in providing cover for the marauding 1% hyena hords.

    The
    “unpolished “Chumpinstein and the posh speaking Obomber

    Maintain
    the same power relationships and help concentrate power!

    They
    talk dilution of power/may mention popular policies as they appeal

    To
    the many politically illiterate listeners; Inaccurate figures are not even real.!

    LIBERALS
    are the acceptable frontmen for the NEO CON ENFORCERS.

    ELECTED
    politicians from all political views support their neo con funders.!

    Whether
    it is AVAAZ/ EN MMARCHE/MOVE ON/Amnesty International/

    Foundation
    for the Defence of” Democracy”/WINEP/ Tony Blair or Bill Kristol

    Whether
    it is/Natalie Nouragrede/Rachel Maddow/or John Mc Cain and Oleg Depraska

    They
    are all part of the same POWER ELITIST clans bent on hijacking power..

  • EmilyEnso

    So Europe is to fall to the Caliphate.
    Aided and abetted by NATO, the west and its political class and the elite.
    I was surprised that the Professor didn’t seem that concerned.
    They are taking a whole swathe of Southern Europe – Kosovo just the first – effectively cutting the continent east west and between north and south.
    At the sam time they are overrunning Sweden and points north for another base – from which to move south.
    This is not coincidence – it has been planned and put into action over the past years starting with the break up of Yugoslavia – where NATO and the west deliberately backed islam – islamic terrorists and imported thousands of foreign mujahureen to do the dirty.
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=mujahideen+bosnia&qpvt=mujahureen+bosnia&FORM=VDRE
    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=mujahureen+bosnia&qpvt=mujahureen+bosnia&FORM=IGREAnyone in any doubt that we in Europe will be fighting for our very lives in the not too distant future.?
    The Serbs will tell you what to expect.
    Bombs marked with USA and dropped from their planes to assist the islamic terrorists.
    Syria has just survived it – with Russian help.
    Russia will be the only friend European christians will have.
    If it can survive itself.
    What we can expect courtesy of NATO.
    Certainly what the Serbs got.
    https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A9mSs3KZmshWHUgALOxLBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTByZmVxM3N0BGNvbG8DaXIyBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=Beheaded+Serbs&fr=moz35

    • jj

      Syria was helped probably because Russia didn’t want to lose their naval bases on Syria’s coast. For sure, if the west got its puppet government installed the Russians would be kicked out. But Russians don’t see anything worthwhile to seriously fight for in Serbia.

      • EmilyEnso

        The Russians were too weak – at the time of the illegal bust up of Yugoslavia – to do much to stop it.
        Now they are holding out their hand to the country.
        It is some Serbs themselves – many sitting on Swiss bank accounts and taking Soros filthy money who are selling out their country and, as such, spitting on their own dead.

        • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

          Not only weak, but had CIA-sponsored president. They (Holiwood) even made movie about the operation to keep Jeljcin in power. However, there is one aspect that, I never sow people realizing: if we never got that bullet in the ass, Putin would “never” get into power. The NATO aggression on us was wake-up shock for what left of KGB and non-drunk army generals. So, I say it payed off – it was in higher interest of humanity, and Milošević knew that. Can you imagine the world if Jeljcin is still in power? Would there even be Russia on the map? China? China would be already broken apart – they would never reach the economic might they have now. EU would already be United States of Europe with hardcore dictatorship, Orban would be in prison, Kurz wouldn’t be the PM of Austria for sure, and there would not be Syria long time ago…
          Now, another point I never even heard people here (my fellow Serbs) thinking about: if that never happen, we would already be deep in NATO, EU and MSM brainwashing machine, we would already be zombies as well as whole Europe… we would never have complete running military industrial complex (at this point, the only weapon we can’t produce on our own is jet fighter – and don’t laugh when I say we are not that far from it). So, NATO aggression and occupation of Kosovo was a gift for us, and humanity. Also, I’m so FUCKING PROUD that we had chance to fight with the biggest military armada ever existed on this planet, and we fought well. Such honor you get once in …. well… *uck, in our case: to often AHAHAHAHAHAHA :)

  • 1691

    I dare say that this interview is a waste of time. The professor speaks like a someone who is promoting the globalization and elimination of nations with history, success and dignity. No wonder he is in parliament. One has to be good at leaking something in order to get somewhere and get recognized. There is a big difference between reality and his comments. Shame on you professor Traitor!
    “Even though it is believed that Serbia is the main Russian ally on the Balkans (there are just no other left), due to the weak foreign policy of Moscow, including the one on the Balkans, Russia lost traditionally pro-Russian countries and nationals such as Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria “. It is not due to the weak foreign policy of Moscow but due to the aggressive interference of usa and the active bombing of nato. And you might not like it or want to recognize it but Russia has strong allies in the Balkans. It is the people of the Balkans, not their governments. Now you know.

    • pet

      The professor is right. Whether it was chicken or the egg it
      doesn’t make any difference. Russia should have stood by the brotherly nations.
      Instead, Russia stood with the US. Nothing much changed to this day.

      • 1691

        With such a vision and such agreeable attitude you are making it easier for the professor and his masters to eliminate you. Is this what you want? Or you want Russia to come and restore with a magic wand all that the americans and their zio masters destroyed? Or we just want to complain and blame?Which one is it? Make up your mind. Find your dignity! Blood does not turn into water. Do not let the traitors ruin your life and the future of your children.

        • jj

          Pointing out the truth is what is going on. And yes, Russia could have done more to counteract the west’s abuse of the Balkans – especially on the Serbs.
          Russia was actually an enabler of U.S./NATO policy against the Serbs for a long time – it didn’t veto (or actually voted along with) sanctions on Yugoslavia/Serbia in the early 1990’s, the ICTY political kangaroo court, the bombing of Bosnian Serbs by the U.S./Britain/France/NATO in 1994 and 1995.
          It also was selling weapons to Croatia and the Bosnian Muslims (through middleman Slovenia). This is documented by Slovenian journalists in a series of three books on their countries’ heavy involvement in trafficking weapons to the Bosnian Muslims (Slovenia was a major middleman during that war).

          • 1691

            May be. I do not believe fiction. Whatever the role of Russia you are not trying to liberate yourself for Russia but for your own sake. And to expect Russia to save you is …, let’s put it mildly: immature.

          • jj

            Yes, but Russia enabling NATO only quickened it getting to Russia. Serbia was a road block.
            Also, Russia shouldn’t have profited off the war by betraying Serbs, and selling all those weapons to the Croats and Bosnian Muslims means it does have Serb blood on its hands. So Russia is not so innocent.
            And now a few of the things done on Serbs are being done on Russia – like the harassment of its athletes.
            So, I am saying if Russia wasn’t going to help, then at least it didn’t have to help NATO/EU/west harm the Serbs. And it did similar to Libya, when it could have vetoed those airstrikes which NATO used to get help the terrorists overtake that government.
            Russia went along with NATO continually and it is being backed into a corner.

          • 1691

            I see your pain and disappointment. I see your point and I have nothing to say but remind you that it was at the time Medvedev was the president. As far as I know he is “liberal”, he was on good terms with usa and the jews. I want you to see it not as “Russia failed to protect us on purpose” but Russia had leaders who were not representing Russia. Can you see it? You have heard of the 5-th column, right? It makes a hell of a difference.

    • jj

      But the people have no power against the western installed and backed puppet politicians. The people are either not protesting or their protests don’t get very far.
      The puppets keep implementing anti-Russian policy and the people are unable to do much about it.

      • 1691

        I know. I can see it. I do not like it. I hate it actually. There must be something that we can do. It is never that helpless. I don’t see EU lasting for too long. I don’t see NATO as a real force. There is a subtle but powerful force that is breaking them up. Protests that are not organized by soros should be safe and efficient. Let’s show the deep state, the zio-mafia and their puppets that are selling our countries that we are not afraid, we do not accept them and we are not going to allow them to ruin our lives.

  • Nik Pan

    “due to the weak foreign policy of Moscow, including the one on the Balkans, Russia lost traditionally pro-Russian countries and nationals such as Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria where it all started. “Very true Lavrov is the grave digger of Russian foreign policy

    • Tudor Miron

      Why don’t you give us some valid examples of Lavrov digging a grave for Russian foreign policy?

    • pet

      That’s true. But not only Lavrov. When the great “chess master” came to power 18
      years ago the NATO pact was still contained behind the German borders. Look where
      we are today.

  • Don Machiavelli

    Come and show those terrorists in Bosnia please!? If there is a Muslim majority than there is terror? Screwed logic. Muslims in Bosnia fought to save their lives against agression of Serbia and stolen JNA and only terrorist was ratko mladic and today his followers are the terrorists.

    • jj

      There have been many Bosnian Muslims who have fought in the terrorist groups in Syria – for example al-Nusra and ISIS. There are even youtube videos of them and their families in Syria and Iraq. Some have even died. I can dig up some of their names too.

      And yes, many Mujahideen were in BiH fighting with the Bosnian Muslims, and they were involved in terrorism in Europe.

      Bosnian Muslims have recently been caught on a bus in Slovenia trying to smuggle explosives from Sarajevo to Sweden.
      There have been some terror attacks – including the murder of a Bosnian Croat family on Christmas – since the wars.

      And Bosnian Muslims were killing Serbs from the start: they were rounding up the Serb civilians and putting them in grain silos – such as the one in Tarcin. And then they also did that to the Croats during the Croat-Muslim war from late 1992 to February 1994.

      The Bosnian Muslim soldiers were decapitating civilian Sarajevo Serbs and throwing their bodies down Kazani gorge.
      The mainstream media blocked reports of what they were doing to Serbs and Croats.

      Also, Alija Izetbegovic was a radical Islamist and spelled it out in his book “Islamic Declarations”. He was falsely advertised as a moderate but wanted a BiH under Islamic domination. He had been jailed several times in his life for violence against Serbs and seeking help from terrorist groups for and “independent” BiH – and the last was in the early 1980’s.

      The Bosnian Muslim commander in Srebrenica, Naser Oric, was showing videos of their massacres on Serbian villages in Eastern Bosnia.
      He showed it to 2 western reporters – John Pomfret and Bill Schiller – and they witnessed Serbs running for their lives, Serb homes burning, and scene after scene after scene of dead Serbs strewn about. Naser Oric grinned and bragged and described how the Bosnian Muslims had killed the Serbs.
      He said how they used EXPLOSIVES to kill Serbs in one village, while at another they “had to use cold weapons that night”.
      One scene showed a heap of headless Serb corpses.

      The post war census doesn’t show the Bosnian Muslims lost, percentage-wise.

  • Tudor Miron

    Reading this interview I can’t stop from recalling “in order to feed a lie one needs to add some truth to make it credible”

  • jj

    He is wrong about Albania as there have been Albanians from Albania who have gone to join with terrorist groups in Syria, including al-Nusra and ISIS, same as Albanians from Macedonia & Kosmet.

    As for “due to the weak foreign policy of Moscow, including the one on the Balkans, Russia lost traditionally pro-Russian countries” – he is right.
    Russia could have done more. Russia forgave Afghanistan billions in debt after the U.S. occupied it, yet it never forgave Serbia even a dime. Russia also threatened to stop gas to Serbia for debts in the run-up to the election between Milosevic and the DOS (U.S./west back group). It was just another pressure/threat against Serbia and the Milosevic government which may have tipped the balance.
    Whatever the true vote we will never know as there was a run-off but the ballots were burned by the CIA-backed Otpor thugs. (And the leadership of Otpor has been involved in the other “color revolutions”.)

    • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

      Srđa – “the Revolutionary Business”. The guy tells everything in the movie published on The Global Research Institute web site

  • UberMaKedoN

    This bulgaro -Tatar imperialistic faggot is propagating bullshit, ONLY LIES
    MACEDONIANS ARE NOT BULGARIANS you little cunt.
    His narrative is the same like the bulgarian fashists that occupied Macedonia and devided together with Albanians with the help of Italians and Germans. And now this prick is talking about etnic clensing
    Bulgaro tatar fashists killed many Macedonians and colaborated with albanian fashist to devide my country. and now their goverments are trying to do the same thing under NATO umbrella. ONLY RUSSIA AND CHINA can help my country against these imperialistic land stealing puppets
    LONG LIVE MACEDONIA, LONG LIVE MACEDONIANS

    • jivkobivko

      Typical balkan response….Calm down..You should do a DNA analysis…I am sure you are related to Alexander or his horse…what the guy says sounds credible…

      • UberMaKedoN

        I don’t need a DNA test, i know who i am and who were my ancestors. I have problem with other people telling me who i am, or other countries telling and disputing other people’s origin and ethnicity and financing asimilating propaganda and printing passports for almost every balcan citizents in 21 century. So you as a bulgaro tatar must be proud of that kind of policy thats why you are supporting this prick and his imperialistic puppet narative.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8VOLw2ZETY
        Shit even Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed were bulgarians
        hahahaha

        Fuck off bulgaro tatar

        • jivkobivko

          So you dont need a DNA test because you know… Because of the “history”-books written past 100 years circulated in macedonia…or by listening to guys like the one in the video preaching similar macedonian lunacy? You should do a dna test…it may turn out you are H1a1a…or it may turn out you are a true descendent of Alexander… chances are low given the historical evidence of the Greek region of Macedon being depopulated several times in the 3/4/5 centuries and then other people move in… slavs, bulgars, avars… anyhow… have a good day and dont apply for a bulgarian passport.. no one is putting a gun on your head to do that…

          • UberMaKedoN

            First of all i never said to be descedant of Alexander the great, you spin that shit in
            I believe that every country in balcan region is mixed with the ancient people and the newcomers.
            You have a big problem, STOP telling other people who they are. Your country is forcing propaganda in my country, hell even in macedonian population in Albania.
            That lunatic in the video above is a bulgarian historian btw ;)
            I will never apply for bulgarian passport, you know why ?
            Because there is a part in the documents you must fufill where you are proclaming your grandfather to be a bulgarian(in their name), and my grandfather was forcefuly regruited by bulgarians (like many macedonians) into bulgarian army in balcan wars(just like the serbs recruited many macedonians to fight their war), together with 2 other macedonians they were mistreated and beaten and sent first line of the attack multiple times. My grandfather killed the bulgarian captain and two officers in their tent with 2 handgranades and flew the battlefield.
            Have a nice day

  • Slobodan Cekic

    Whatever this says about the subject, it says more about the Bulgarian way of thinking. A Bulgarian looks first who seems to be the strongest, is deeply impressed and follows. Cannot imagine such powerful guys like Hitler or Kaiser Wilhelm loosing .. or US for that matter :) That ‘s why Bulgaria is where it is and where it always was – on the side of violence, the loosing side.

    • Bulgarski Lev

      Well, you serbs lost 4 wars only in the 90tees and lands like Kosovo, so don’t eat shits. And that guy Ivo Hristov doesn’t represents bulgarian opinion, he is just a communist shit like your Slobodan Milosevic…

      • Slobodan Cekic

        One says what’s in his head, so what is your head full of, you Bulgarian Sod? Should I tell you that this is no way to talk to others, or is there a moderetor here?

        • Bulgarian God

          What’s the problem ? You insulted the whole bulgarians (were on the side of violence), I just answered you. So if the moderator should intervenes here, he must delete your hateful post first of all…

          • Slobodan Cekic

            Was your country on the Militaristic Central Powers side, and did it collapse 1918? Was your country on the Hitlers side, and dit it not loose? Was your country not the fanatically commnunist ’17th Republic of the Soviet Union’ and how did that end?
            Isn’t your country on the side of international tyranny today? What do you think, is this tyranny going to lose? Never mind, you ll change to the winning side as always, but where is the insult?

          • Bulgarian God

            You are liyng. In a war there’s no good side and bad side. So, you were ally with americans, british, french (all zionist controlled) in the two world wars, so by your logic you were also on the bad side. In WW2 your serb chetnicks fighted against partisans and Soviet Union. Bulgaria in the final phase of WW2 fighted against germans in Yugoslavia, Hungary and finaly Austria and in may 1945 there were bulgarian army together with soviet army in Vienna – there were NO serb chetnicks or partisans of Tito, which fighted germans only in Yugoslavia. Bulgarian general Vladimir Stoychev was on 24 juny 1945 in Moscow in the first Victory Parade invited by Stalin, so he treated Bulgaria as country on the victory side. After WW2 you even has ruled by non-serb Tito and was under communism in Yugoslavia as Bulgaria was also communist – so no difference here. And by the time of Slobodan Milosevic you TRULY was not on the good side, killing croats, bosnians and albanians, trying to make ethnically poor lands with only serbs and all non-serbs to be killed or expelled – it’s a genocide which YOU SERBS DID and it did hapen soon, so don’t write lies anymore !
            And bulgarians were NEVER fanaticaly communists. There were 105 communists camps, where were imprisoned more than 100 tousend bulgarians, which ara anticommunists and against regime. So you again liying !

          • Slobodan Cekic

            You know, when a small little human imagines himself a God, and then a Bulgarian one at that, exactly the thoughts like yours are to be expected :)))

          • jivkobivko

            Yes we were. Thanks to Serbia not honoring the prewar (balkan war 1) agreement between the 2 countries…. also lets not forget the Serbo-Bulgarian war of 1885 were Serbia attacked Bulgaria unprovoked… so p*ss off…

          • slobodan_cekic

            My best greetings to you, as well :)

  • Bulgarski Lev

    Ivo Hristov is just a left-radical communist shit. He doesn’t represent bulgarian opinion.