Forget the pains: Putin says Russia ready to maintain ties with Montenegro

13:45 Nov. 9, 2016

Putin says Russia ready to maintain ties with Montenegro

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP photo)

Despite joining NATO and accusations of assassination attempt, Putin says won't give up keeping up with Montenegro

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes Montenegro will pursue a balanced foreign policy and maintain ties with Russia, the Reuters agency reports on Wednesday. 

Read also Montenegro coup d'etat and Russian denial – analysis

The Russian leader's statement comes after recent allegations of Moscow's involvement in a probable plot against the Montenegrin prime minister Alexander Ducanovic. 

According to media reports, on October 29 the country's security services prevented an assassination attempt on the top official, a plot in which the Russian nationalists had been allegedly involved. 

Read more Montenegro says "Russian nationalists" plotted to kill country's PM

As reported earlier, Montenegro hosted recent NATO-led civil defence training and intensified its preparations for joining the Alliance next year. 

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