Russia has levied serious accusations against Western nations, asserting their involvement in escalating tensions in Serbia, a country known for its amicable ties with Moscow.
These claims come in the wake of contentious protests that erupted in Serbia following the parliamentary and local elections held on December 17.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's party reportedly secured a significant victory in these elections, a claim that has sparked widespread protests and dissent.
Demonstrators, in a bold act of defiance, attempted to storm the Belgrade city hall, voicing their rejection of the election results which they allege to be marred by fraud.
Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman of Russia, conveyed to the state-run news agency RIA Novosti that the incitements by the "collective West" to disturb the peace in Serbia are apparent. The Kremlin, on its part, had previously expressed satisfaction with the election outcomes, hoping for an enhanced bond between Russia and Serbia.
The ties between Serbia and Russia have been historically strong, and notably, Serbia refrained from imposing international sanctions on Moscow following its military actions in Ukraine.
However, Serbia's stance has not been entirely one-sided; the nation condemned Russia's aggressive moves in Ukraine at the United Nations, causing some controversy given its reliance on Russian gas.
Serbia's opposition parties have raised allegations of malpractices during the parliamentary elections, adding fuel to the ongoing political and social turmoil.
This development marks a crucial moment in Serbia's political landscape, balancing its historical relations with Russia and the increasing influence of Western nations.