Zakharova: the Montenegrin authorities are looking for a “Russian trace” in order to justify NATO membership

MOSCOW, may 29. /TASS/. The charges of the foreign Minister of Montenegro Srdjan of Germanovich against Russia over alleged interference in the internal Affairs of the country aimed at justifying its own population of joining NATO.

This opinion in an interview with National news service (NSN) expressed by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“Information support of the application to the Alliance was built on spying and defending against virtual enemy. All it needed was for one simple reason – the people of Montenegro the idea of membership in NATO, to put it mildly, is not lit. That is why the referendum was not held. Officialdom afraid to show the true figures demonstrating the will of the Montenegrins, it was decided this will be suppressed, making up stories about the “hand of Kremlin”, – said Zakharov.

“The foreign Ministry repeatedly commented on numerous statements by Montenegrin politicians on alleged Russian threat, interference in the internal Affairs etc. are All needed to justify to its own population the country’s entry into NATO,” she added.

Earlier, foreign Minister of Montenegro has accused Russia of meddling in the internal Affairs of the country. In his words, Moscow tried to prevent the accession to NATO.

The Assembly (Parliament) of Montenegro on April 28 voted for the country’s accession to the Alliance. Because the opposition boycotted the meeting, all 46 participants were in favour of joining NATO. The Montenegrin authorities took this decision through the Parliament, which has a majority a referendum on this issue in the country was carried out. May 25 Montenegro for the first time after ratification by all the member countries of NATO the accession agreement took part in the summit of the Alliance.