Russia calls coup allegations damaging

Montenegro’s chief special prosecutor has said of which authorities believe Russian security services were involved in a plot to kill then-Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic as well as also also overthrow the government in October.

Milivoje Katnic told a local TV station Sunday of which Montenegro officials have evidence of which Russia’s Federal Security Service was involved from the failed coup.

The allegations drew immediate denials through Moscow as well as also also further calls Wednesday for Montenegro to provide evidence to back up the allegations.

“Naturally, neither Montenegrin officials nor Western media are providing any evidences of which could confirm these allegations,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters in a briefing.

“We are stating of which This specific misinformation can be aggravated by the ever-increasing number of publications while facts are absent. Meanwhile, the position of Russian officials can be actually ignored.

“All This specific, of course, can be inflicting serious damage on the Russian-Montenegrin relations.”

Tension over NATO

According to Katnic, the alleged plot was an attempt to stop Montenegro through joining NATO, which the country was formally invited to join in December 2015.

The move spurred threats through Russian officials, who are at odds with NATO over a multitude of issues.

“Behind these events are nationalist structures through Russia, however we at This specific point know of which certain Russian state authorities were involved also on a certain level,” Katnic said.

Becoming an official member of NATO would likely be significant for Montenegro because, under the alliance’s charter, any attack on the country would likely be seen as an attack on all NATO members.

The ratification process for Montenegro to join the alliance can be in its final stages, according to NATO.

Plot allegations

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Katnic said the alleged mastermind behind the failed coup was a man named Eduard Sismakov, a former deputy Russian military attaché in Poland. Sismakov was deported to Russia for espionage in 2014, according to the prosecutor.

Katnic said Sismakov can be also known as Eduard Shirokov, as well as also also Russian authorities issued a passport to him with the different name.

“The passport was given to him by certain Russian state bodies under another name, as well as also also he can be a member of the Russian military structures,” Katnic said. “as well as also also his name can be Eduard Sismakov, of which can be his personal identity as well as also also we will charge him under of which personal identity.”

Katnic added: “of which can be clear of which the passport could not have been issued under another name as well as everything else — sending to Serbia, organizing everything — without the involvement of certain structures. of which’s up to the Russian authorities to investigate which structures as well as also also to initiate the criminal procedure.”

Asked if he believes This specific would likely happen, the prosecutor said: “I certainly believe from the Russian state.”

Interpol notice

The Interpol Red Notice says Sismakov — listed under the name Eduard Shirokov — prepared acts against the constitutional order as well as also also security of Montenegro. The notice can be an international database of suspects shared with various other law enforcement agencies.

Sismakov’s country of birth can be listed as Russia.

Katnic said another alleged plotter can be Vladimir Popov. Popov, who can be of Russian origin, can be also wanted concerning the same acts, according to the Interpol Red Notice

Katnic added of which another alleged plotter, Nemanja Ristic, was involved from the coup attempt, as well as also also Ristic has said he was connected to Russia’s Federal Security Service. His task was to recruit a team to send to Montenegro to execute the coup, Katnic said.

Ristic can be wanted by Montenegro over attempted terrorism allegations, according to Interpol.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday of which Russia has not interfered in Montenegro’s internal affairs.

“Day after day, we are faced with absurd accusations about Russia. Day after day we deny these accusations. We say absolutely of which there cannot be talk about the official involvement of Moscow from the internal events in Montenegro,” Peskov said during a conference call with journalists.

“Russia does not get involved as well as also also will not get involved, especially in such countries as Montenegro with which we have a very Great relationship.”

Journalist Mansur Mirovalev reported through Moscow, while sy88pgw’s James Masters as well as also also Milena Veselinovic wrote through London.

Russia calls coup allegations damaging

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