«The cliches of cold war»: the foreign Ministry responded to the statements of Pence

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Vyatkin Building of the Russian foreign Ministry in Moscow. Archival photo«The cliches of cold war»: the foreign Ministry responded to the statements of Pence© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Vyatkin

The Ministry of foreign Affairs responded to statements made by Vice President Michael Pence, who accused Russia of trying to organize a coup in Montenegro and the destabilization of the situation in the Western Balkans.

«The cliches of cold war»

In the Russian diplomatic office, commenting on the words of Michael Pence, said that the us policy in his statements sunk to the cliches of the cold war that are completely divorced from reality.

Vice-President of the United States, speaking Wednesday on the third of August at the meeting of the Adriatic Charter in Podgorica, accused Moscow of attempting to organize a coup in Montenegro. According to Pence, the actions of Russia were aimed at preventing the accession of Montenegro to NATO.

«Russia’s intentions were clear last year, when Moscow’s agents tried to prevent elections in Montenegro, to attack the Parliament and kill the Prime Minister to dissuade this way the people of Montenegro to join NATO,» said Pence.

The Russian foreign Ministry, in turn, noted that the imposition of the Balkan republics «frankly destructive «either with the West or with Russia» leads to increasing tensions in Europe and worsen the situation in the region and in individual countries.

«In this widely held thesis about the alleged inevitability of the accession of all South-Eastern Europe in NATO, «selling» projects based on unfair competition and contrary to economic logic,» said the Minister.

Montenegro in NATO

In early June Montenegro formally joined the Alliance and became the 29th member of NATO. A large part of the country were against joining the military-political bloc, with the result that took place to protest.

Commenting on NATO membership, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said that Montenegro «becomes part of the most powerful and successful Alliance in history, which makes decisions on the most important issues in the world today». He also said that Moscow has done everything possible to Montenegro was not a member of NATO.

«Russia has done everything in her power: politically, financially, in intelligence, to prevent the accession of Montenegro to NATO. The ultimate aim was to carry out a terrorist attack coup d’etat that Montenegro was developed, and power was taken by force. But as you can see, we managed to go through all of this,» said Markovic.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Serjan Darmanovic also accused Russia of «interfering in the domestic issues of Montenegro». According to him, Moscow is «very much» opposed the course of Podgorica.

Commenting on the accusations against Russia, the Official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Montenegrin authorities are trying to use the factor of «Russian intervention» to justify the entry into NATO, which was accompanied by serious social protests.

The foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov has called the accusations against Russia of «meddling unscrupulous. According to him, in exchange for loyalty Montenegro anti-Russian sanctions, imposed on Podgorica’s membership in military-political bloc».Sixteenth of October 2016, the day of presidential elections in Montenegro, the authorities announced the arrest of 20 citizens of Serbia on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack and a coup. In December the international wanted list through Interpol announced the Russians Eduard Shirokov and Vladimir Popov, as well as citizens of Serbia, Predrag of Bogicevica, Milos Jovanovic and Nimany of ristić

In early 2017 the British newspaper The Telegraph, citing an anonymous source in the British government, reported that the assassination attempt on Djukanovic and plan the coup, the country was allegedly involved Russian special services.

In the future, the special Prosecutor of Montenegro also stressed that some of the «Russian authorities» were involved in the attempt to organize a coup in the country.

The state Department also supported Podgorica and also stated that «Russian interference» in the Affairs of Montenegro. In Washington noted that «several Russian agents using different mechanisms, trying to undermine elections in Montenegro».

The Russian government denied the allegations and expressed regret about the anti-Russian hysteria among the Montenegrin leaders. Also, the Russian Federation stated that the story of «coup d’etat» and alleged involvement of Moscow in this Scam is a good example of misinformation aimed to discredit Russia.

In addition, the Kremlin said that the accusations of the Montenegrin senior officials «too serious» and not supported by any evidence and the Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called such accusations unfounded, as Montenegro does not have any specific facts.