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Russia is behind Montenegro coup attempt

Russia is behind Montenegro coup attemptMoscow orchestrated an attempted coup during Montenegro’s October 16 election in a bid to stop the country from joining NATO, a Montenegrin prosecutor said on Sunday evening.

“So far we have had evidence that Russian nationalist structures were behind [the plot], but now also that Russian state bodies were involved at a certain level,” said prosecutor Milivoje Katnic, according to AFP.

“The organs of the Russian state must investigate which bodies are involved and open a criminal trial over these acts,” Katnic added.

Katnic had claimed in November that a criminal network based in Russia, Serbia and Montenegro wanted to “commit a terrorist act” on election day.

Montenegrin police in October arrested a group of Serbian nationals, and two Russian suspects alleged in plotting to seize parliament and assassinate former longtime premier Milo Đukanović.

Đukanović’s ruling Democratic Party of Socialists won the October 16 elections, giving the leader his eighth term in power. Đukanović, who had pledged to bring the country into NATO and the EU, resigned a week later, giving contradicting reasons for his decision.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have already called allegations Russia had helped organize an attempted coup in Montenegro last year unsubstantiated. he denounced Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper report that British officials believed Russian authorities were behind a plot in October 2016 to kill Montenegro's pro-Western prime minister.
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