14 November 201813:47

Allegations of Russian diplomats’ interference in Montenegrin politics

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Montenegro’s pro-government Pobjeda newspaper published an article on November 3 about a Russian diplomat taking part in the constituent meeting of the Podgorica local committee of the True Montenegro party.

The authors claim that attendance of an open meeting of an opposition party’s local committee by a diplomat from the Russian Embassy in Podgorica is contrary to diplomatic practice and amounts to Russian interference in domestic Montenegrin affairs.

We interpret this statement by Montenegrin journalists as an attempt to put pressure on Russian diplomats and tell them who they can associate with and which public events they can attend. This is also an attempt by some Montenegrin journalists to force local politicians and public figures to restrict their association with Russian diplomats.

We would like to remind those who like to expose “Russian imperialism” and claim to be experts on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 that the daily work of diplomats around the world includes “ascertaining by all lawful means conditions and developments in the receiving state, and reporting thereon to the government of the sending state.” Attending public events at an official invitation, such as Pobjeda newspaper has reported, is part of this work.

Russian diplomacy has always strictly complied with the fundamental principles of international relations and will continue to do so in the future.


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