daily, 1 March 2008
Royal Highness Alexander Karadjordjevic
spoke for the entire two hours with the President of Russia
has the power to do what he wishes
wishes to be a partner with the United States and it is important that mutual
respect takes place since it is in the interest of
We must become a member of the EU and at the same time maintain very close
relations with Russia.
Crown Prince Alexander
Karadjordjevic could very easily become a key man, if not in "making peace"
then at least in bringing closer together the official stands of Russia and
the British Foreign Office on Kosovo, our well informed sources say from
Moscow - regardless of the fact that the descendant of the Royal Family of
Karadjordjevic does not publically
The Serbian Royal Couple has
recently stayed in Moscow and has spent
two hours talking to President
you in Moscow as a special envoy who was supposed to contribute to the
solving of the very complex political situation after the creation of the
fake state of Kosovo?
- We were in
Moscow because my wife received an award from the International Foundation
for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations (IFUOCN). It was thanks to this
very nice award given by His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Alexei II that we met with President Putin. I am very proud of my wife and
her humanitarian work. It was truly wonderful of Russia to recognize her
What was the topic of the
- I have excellent contacts
all over the
world and I consider the meeting with President Putin to be truly exceptional. President
Putin is charming, capable and very intelligent. My wife and I were deeply
impressed by the incredible knowledge he has about our region. The
conversation was outstanding and the main subject was, of course, Kosovo.
The President showed deep concern for our people in Kosovo and was very
PROUD OF HIS ANCESTORS -
THE LIBERATORS OF KOSOVO
Do you think you
could help bring closer the stands of Russia and Britain on Kosovo and
Metohia, which are totally opposing each other at the moment?
- I believe in
friendship with everyone and mutual respect. I cannot represent a foreign
power. I wish good relations and understanding. We cannot live in this world
without friends. I have said I was against imposed solutions. Kosovo is very
close to my heart and to the heart of all Serbs. It is painful and very hard
to accept what has happened. I am proud to be the descendant of King Peter I
and King Alexander I who fought in Kumanovo and liberated Kosovo in 1912.
CONSTITUENCY - THE PEOPLE OF SERBIA
Whose stand is
the closest to you regarding what we should do next to solve the political
dilemma – the stand of Kostunica, Nikolic, or Tadic?
- I am not a
member of any political party. My constituency are the wonderful people of
Were there any
particular estimates related to the situation after the illegal proclamation
of the state of Kosovo?
- You are aware of
the actions of the Russian Government
Kosovo and the
with the Serbian Government. I must say that President Putin has shown good
will and concern for our people,
and respectful to
initiated your meeting with President Putin?
- The meeting
took place thanks to
by His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II. This was
the first time I had met President Putin. Also present where His Holiness
the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II, First Deputy Premier
Medvedev and Foreign Minister Lavrov, and I was also very impressed
with them. I was last in Russia in 2000 and the transformation I saw was
extraordinary thanks to the hard work and commitment of President Putin and
his colleagues. I was also very struck by the close relations between the
Russian Government and the Russian Orthodox Church.
authorities in Belgrade know about your meeting at the Kremlin?
- Many people
were aware of my visit. I am extremely lucky thanks to the excellent
reputation my wife has that doors are open to us across the world. My wife
and I deeply value the friendship of many wonderful people including foreign
heads of state, politicians, business people and prominent citizens across
the world. We both believe in maintaining friendly contact with everyone.
Does Russia have the
strength and the power to fight against the policy of force imposed by the
US and its European satellites, and win?
- There is
nothing personal about this question. My answer is: Russia has the will,
strength and the power to do what it wishes. Russia also wishes to be a
partner with the United States and it is important that mutual respect takes
place, since it is in the interest of everyone. It is important the United
States understand President Putin and the desire to be partners.
Do you think
that the meeting with President Putin was successful, and what message do
you have from the Cabinet of the first man of Russia?
- The meeting
was very successful and positive in that it confirmed by my good impression
of President Putin. I would recommend to those who do not know the President
to reconsider their views since the President is a very affirmative and
charming person. The President has done a great deal for Russia and brought
it respect. It is important that there be balance in the world
message directed to the British since you flew to Britain right after
- Not at all,
since my wife and I were in London at the time because we had a long standing
commitment. If we had been in Belgrade we would have flown from Belgrade.
believe that we can enter the European family of nations when they are
taking away 15% of our territory, and in what way can this be done?
- I fully support our Government and the extremely difficult task to find a
solution or compromise for Kosovo. I am shocked like everyone else, but I
must point out that we must become a member of the European Union and
maintain at the same time very close relations with Russia. Serbia cannot
and must not become an isolated cut off island in the middle of the European
Union since that would be totally detrimental for the future livelihood of
our people. What we need as soon a possible is a very professional company
specialising in lobbying for Serbia in the European Union and America. We
failed to do that properly, it would be money well spent that would benefit
Serbia very much. In addition, we need to work better together in the common
interest of everyone in Serbia regardless of religion and ethnic origin. We
must continue working on democracy, human rights and reforms so that we can
show we are capable to rule two million Albanians with full human rights. It
is a great responsibility.