MOSCOW, January 20. The Deputy foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov during the visit to Montenegro on 18-19 January reaffirmed the principled position of Russia against further NATO expansion. As reported on Wednesday in the Russian depodesta, the Bags was in Podgorica for political consultations on bilateral, regional and European agenda with the state Secretary of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and European integration of Montenegro Igor Jovovic and Director General of the Directorate General for bilateral relations Liliana Toskovic.
Author: TSYGANOV, Alexander
Russian Deputy Minister also “was adopted by the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic and had a conversation with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of foreign Affairs and European integration Igor Luksic.”.
“During the ensuing contacts of Montenegrin partners set out Russia’s principled stand against further expansion of NATO and artificial involvement in this unit of Montenegro in this difficult period in Russian-NATO relations”, – stressed the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.
“When discussing bilateral cooperation, it was stated that the accession of Podgorica to the anti-Russian EU sanctions have led to a significant decline – 40 percent – of the foreign trade turnover between the two countries”, – noted in the Ministry. From the Montenegrin side, “stressed the interest in correcting the situation, which is directly contrary to the interests of the peoples of Russia and Montenegro, undermining the traditional friendship between them,” said depodesta.
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“They exchanged views on the situation in the region of South – Eastern Europe, on a number of other current European and world problems”, – said the Russian foreign Ministry.
During your stay in Podgorica Alexei Meshkov met with the leaders of the major opposition parties. “They were briefed on the efforts being made for the Montenegro national referendum on membership in NATO. Montenegrin politicians underlined the importance of strengthening the entire spectrum of relations with Russia, including inter-parliamentary and inter-party cooperation,” the Ministry said.