13:45 Nov. 9, 2016
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.
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.
As reported earlier, Montenegro hosted recent NATO-led civil defence training and intensified its preparations for joining the Alliance next year.