Montenegro alleged coup: 'Media speculation' - Russia on Montenegro incident

14:41 Oct. 28, 2016

'Media speculation' - Russia on Montenegro incident

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)

Russian newspaper Kommersant earlier reported that Serbia extradited Russian nationals that allegedly planned terror attacks in neighboring Montenegro

Russia has reacted to the allegations that its citizens tried to organize terror attacks in Montenegro, the country that is on track to achieve the EU membership.

Russian newspaper Kommersant said Friday with references to media in Belgrade that Serbia had extradited several Russian nationals over their reported involvement in plotting the attacks.

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Kommersant alleged in the Friday article, that the incident forced the secretary of Russia's Security Council Nikolai Patrushev to arrive in Belgrade in an attempt to avoid scandal in the relations between the two countries.

Moscow, in turn, called these reports a ‘speculation'.

‘We don't have any official messages from the Serbian side. We don't have an additional information on the media speculations on the matter', a representative of the Russian embassy in Belgrade, Yuri Pichugin said in an interview with Interfax.

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Interfax sources say that Montenegro has arrested approximately 20 people, including locals and Serbian citizens, for planning terror attacks and unrests in the country during the Parliamentary election. Law enforcers are examining possible presence of the Russian nationals in the group of the arrested individuals.

On October 25 Montenegro's long-serving Prime Minister announced his resignation, hours after suggesting that Russia was involved in an alleged coup attempt on the country's election day and accusing the opposition of collaborating with the Kremlin.

Russia has strongly opposed Montenegro's bid to join NATO and the EU. 

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