The consular department of the Russian embassy in Montenegro suspended its work “due to hostile actions” of the country’s authorities in relation to the Russian representation. About it reported on the website of the Russian embassy in Montenegro. Diplomats recommended applying for consular services to the Russian embassies in neighboring countries.
The day before, September 29, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro announced persona non grata of six Russian diplomats “due to actions that are contrary to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and Respectful Relations between the two countries.” Balkaninsight writes with reference to the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovich, that all diplomats were detained on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence. Edition of Vijesti clarifiesthat among the suspects was the former press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Radomir Sekulovich.
Thereafter Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova recommended Russians should take a critical approach to planning trips to Montenegro. In her opinion, a “Western trace” is visible behind the actions of Podgorica. In recent years, the Montenegrin authorities have become accustomed to “unconditionally follow the tail of the Russophobic containment policy imposed by the Anglo-Saxons.”
“Given the unfriendly behavior of the Montenegrin administration and taking into account the escalating atmosphere of hostility, we are forced to recommend that our compatriots take a critical approach to planning trips to Montenegro. In addition, in the near future, providing them with consular assistance is not possible due to the reduction to a minimum of the size of our embassy in Podgorica, ”concluded Zakharova.
In the spring and summer of 2022, Montenegro declared five more Russian diplomats persona non grata. How declared TASS in the Russian department, taking into account the latest expulsion from Montenegro, almost the entire diplomatic staff of the Russian embassy is being expelled.