Montenegro PM accuses Kremlin of orchestrating protests against govt
Russia is involved in protests of the opposition against the government, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic said in an interview with HRT TV Channel.
"There is no doubt that Russia has played an active role in organizing the protests against the government in Podgorica," he said.
According to Dukanovic, Russia and the Serbian "nationalist groups" support the opposition of Montenegro and its attempts of a "violent change of the power in Montenegro and of the strategic direction of the country’s policy," which provides for the accession to NATO.
The Saturday riots, when the demonstrators tried to break through a police cordon outside the parliament building, throwing stones, flares and incendiary mixtures, were an attempt to seize public institutions and perform a violent change of power, Dukanovic added.
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Dukanovic said that the attempt to overthrow the government was motivated.
"It was not only the desire to change the government, but to suspend the Euro-Atlantic and European path of Montenegro," he stressed.
As reported earlier, on Saturday, the police of Montenegro were forced to use tear gas against about 5,000 protesters who demanded resignation of Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic.