The authorities of Montenegro closed the entrance to the country’s territory for 149 citizens of Russia and Ukraine, related to the annexation of the Crimea and the military conflict in the Donbass.
It was reported by newspapers Blic and Pobjeda.
The “black list”, in particular, contains the names of the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin, Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin, and Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
As reported by Interfax, spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that the Kremlin is not aware of anything about the measures allegedly taken by Montenegro.
The day before the media reported on the ban on entry to Russia for a large part of the Montenegrin political elite, including Prime Minister Dusko Markovich and Parliament Speaker Ivan Brajovic. Before that, a representative of the Democratic Party of Socialists Miodrag Vukovich had been expelled from Russia.
Relations between Russia and Montenegro deteriorated after Montenegro joined the anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union, and following the country’s integration into NATO, which ends in early June. Moscow did not establish contact with the new Montenegrin government formed after the elections in 2016, which were accompanied by a statement of the authorities about a prevented coup attempt involving pro-Russian politicians.