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Montenegro to expel Russian diplomat, withdraw consent to honorary consul’s work

March 28, 14:24 UTC+3

The decision was made despite the opposition’s statements, which warned against such moves

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BELGRADE, March 28. /TASS/. Montenegro’s government will expel one Russian diplomat and withdraw its consent to the activities of Russia’s honorary consul in the country, the Cabinet said in a statement.

"The Montenegrin government has decided to declare a diplomatic agent accredited at the Russian Embassy persona non grata and withdraw its consent to the activities of Russia’s Honorary Consul in Montenegro," the statement reads.

It also noted that the expelled diplomat would have to leave the country within seven days.

According to the statement, Montenegro made this decision in coordination with its allies and in accordance with the measures taken by the EU and NATO member-countries over the nerve gas attack in the UK.

The decision was made despite the opposition’s statements, which warned against such moves. On Tuesday, the Democratic Front called on the government to "try to preserve the country’s honor and dignity and refrain from expelling Russian diplomats."

Montenegro’s Cabinet earlier expressed support for the UK over the poisoning case of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain, and his daughter Yulia.

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