Montenegro incident: Montenegro coup d'etat and Russian denial – analysis
Alexander Khara Alexander Khara Ukrainian political expert

14:02 Nov. 8, 2016

Montenegro coup d'etat and Russian denial – analysis

Supporters of Prime Minister of Montenegro and Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS) leader Milo Dukanovic gather at DPS headquarter to listen Dukanovic's speech in Podgorica, Montenegro on October 16, 2016. (GettyImages Photo)

Kremlin denies any involvement in alleged coup attempt in Montenegro, after country official said ‘Russian nationalists were behind the plot'

The Kremlin has ‘categorically denied' any involvement in the alleged coup attempt in Montenegro on the day of the Parliamentary election in the country.

Read also: 'Media speculation' - Russia on Montenegro incident

The Kremlin's spokesman said Russia had no connection to any possible attempt to destabilize Montenegro.

The statement arrived after Montenegrin country's chief special prosecutor said ‘Russian nationalists' were behind the coup attempt, allegedly planning an assassination of the Prime Minister to get the opposition into power.

Although there was no concrete evidence, proving or refuting the existence of the plot, the scandal continues to gain traction on the government level.  

While the Kremlin officially denies the allegations, analysts say Moscow is likely responsible for the coup attempt, trying to sway Montenegro, which is steadily drifting towards NATO.

‘The people in the Kremlin see any type of democratic revolutions as a conspiracy against Russia by the CIA and other American special services. That's why the used the weakest point, Montenegro, as a target of their strike', Ukrainian political expert Alexander Khara said.

Khara says, the so-called coup could reflect Russia's resentment towards the Western operation in Yugoslavia back in the 90s.

Read also: Montenegrin PM resigns, suggests Russia behind alleged coup plot - RFE/RL

What's interesting, is that Serbia, a country that is seen as the Kremlin's friend, reportedly interfered with the coup attempt, and extradited several Russians over their alleged participation in the coup, according to Russian and Serbian media outlets.

The reports about the extradition coincided with the visit of the secretary of Russia's Security Council Nikolai Patrushev to Belgrade. Media and experts labeled the visit as an attempt to settle the issue and avoid publicity.

‘We know for sure, that the Serbian Prime Minister said a third country was involved, but he didn't name it, then there were talks with Patrushev, and certainly there was no real ground for these talks, except of this incident. So I think they settled the issue', Khara said.

It seems, however, that Russia failed to achieve victory in Montenegro, as the democratic parties won the election, and reportedly are going to push for NATO membership in the future.  

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