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Moscow: Disregard for public opinion is root cause behind Montenegrin protests

October 27, 2015, 20:17 UTC+3
PM Milo Djuknovic has failed to present a single concrete fact of Russia’s alleged involvement in inciting social tensions in Montenegro because there are no such facts, Russian Foreign Ministry says
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MOSCOW, October 27 /TASS/. The authorities’ disregard for the opinion of a considerable part of society rather than Russia’s interference, of which there is no proof, is the root cause behind the recent public riots in Montenegro, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

"(Prime Minister Milo) Djuknovic has failed to present a single concrete fact of Russia’s alleged involvement in inciting social tensions in Montenegro because there are no such facts," the ministry went on to say.

"His goal is clear. He wants to waive responsibility for the mounting confrontation in Montenegro, though the root cause is lying on the surface: a total disregard for the opinion of a considerable part of Montenegrin society," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

Moscow is convinced that the Montenegrin prime minister realizes what has aggravated the situation in his country. "It is hard to imagine that a statesman who has been in power for so long is not realizing the motives behind the worsening situation in his country. He is certainly realizing that. Moreover, he definitely knows why he is supposed to repeat absurd assertions that NATO membership is the only way to ensure Montenegro’s independence," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

"Djukanovic is an experienced politician who often changed his leanings and favours not in response to the aspirations of his own people but exclusively dependent on ‘external conditions’ in the interests of his own well-being and prosperity," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

"As for Russia, we are really concerned but not with a free choice, which the people of Montenegro are supposed to make, but with the excessive force, which the authorities of Montenegro used to crack down on peaceful demonstrators," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

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