Boris Tadic, Serbia's former president, warned on Friday that because the European Union hadn't defined its consolidation strategy and the enlargement, Russia, China and Turkey increased their influence in the Balkans, the Beta news agency reported.
In an interview with the Spanish El País daily, Tadic, now one of the opposition leaders, also cautioned that Serbia had become a country with a single issue – Kosovo.
"The situation with democracy in Serbia is catastrophic. Some European leaders allowed the current authorities to destroy all democratic institutions in Serbia, and that is a problem for the whole region," Tadic said.
He added he could not understand such EU attitude toward Serbia.
"The recognition of Kosovo's independence opens doors to other European regions for unilateral secession," the former president said.
He added that his international interlocutors often did not understand the issue of Kosovo "and ignored the domino effect potential and continued with a rigid agenda of independent Kosovo."
"But," Tadic said, "when they faced the cases of Crimea, South Ossetia and Abkhazia they were shocked."
He also talked about the internal political scene and the collapse of democracy in Serbia "under the absolute power of (President) Aleksandar Vucic," and about the anti-government protests and the boycott of the next spring elections.
"Democracy in Serbia has been collapsing for seven years now. And the only way is to address the remaining democratic forces which realise that Serbia is under the rule of an absolutist, demagogue and populist," Tadic said.
He added that "every day, for 24 hours, we are exposed to false news, and in such circumstances, people cannot have the freedom of choice."
Tadic acknowledged that due to the boycott, the regime would have even more MPs, but that "giving the legitimacy to such process is even worse."