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

12:56 Oct. 26, 2016

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

Montenegro's Prime Minister and long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists leader Milo Djukanovic, waves to his supporters in his headquarter, in Podgorica, Montenegro (AP photo)

Russia has launched a propaganda campaign to keep both Montenegro and Serbia, which is also seeking EU membership, within its sphere of influence

Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has resigned, 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.

Djukanovic said on October 25 that there was "a strong connection of a foreign factor" in the October 16 vote, which was marked by the arrest of 20 people suspected of planning armed attacks against the prime minister and his supporters after parliamentary election results were announced.

Russia has strongly opposed Djukanovic's bid to join NATO and the European Union while opposition leaders made frequent visits to Moscow ahead of the vote.

The Montenegro prosecutor's office has alleged that the detained group planned to attack people in front of parliament after the vote results were proclaimed, then storm the building and arrest Djukanovic.

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