Montenegro and European Union

On January 16th, Montenegro announced that it has established diplomatic relations with Kosovo.

The government statement points out: “the ties were established through the exchange letters of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries.”

However, the countries willl still not exchange ambassadors. Montenegro demands recognition of Montenegrin minority on Kosovo. President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic, said that Montenegrins need to get an official status in Kosovo.

Montenegro officially recognized Kosovo’s independence in October 2008. Kosovo gained „independence“ from Serbia in February 2008.

After declaring the launch of diplomatic ties with Kosovo, Serbia has immediately withdrawn its Ambassador in Montenegro, for consultations in Belgrade.

Officials from Foreign Ministry of Serbia confirmed that Serbia has also dispatched a demarche to Montenegro over its selection to found smooth relations with the temporary self-government institutions in Kosovo.

Serbian press: Montenegrin knife in Serbia’s back

Bulgarian FOCUS Information Agency reported that Montenegro’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with Kosovo became one of the major topics in the Serbian press on Saturday.
On Friday Serbia gave Montenegro a demarche over Podgorica’s decision to establish diplomatic ties with Kosovo, Glas Javnosti daily writes.
“The establishment of diplomatic relations between the government of Montenegro and Pristina breaks the regional stability and impedes the development of the good neighborly relations, which is a priority of the Serbian government,” the foreign ministry says.
The newspaper comments that Montenegro’s decision is “a brotherly knife in the back.”
Blic daily writes that Belgrade has recalled its ambassador in Montenegro Zoran Lutovac. Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said he will hold consultations with Lutovac in the next days to discuss the recent situation and steps Serbia will take against Montenegro’s decision. The Ministry of Defense announced the Montenegrin defense minister’s visit to Belgrade had been postponed. It was to take place on January 18.
Vecernje Novosti pays attention to Montenegro’s decision too. Podgorica turned a deaf ear to Serbia’s call to wait for the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague concerning the legitimacy of Kosovo’s declaration of independence, the newspaper writes. The daily cites the leader of the Montenegro’s New Serb Democracy Andrija Mandic as saying that the decision is based on the private interests of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and his close associates. Mandic explained that this decision is revenge of the Montenegrin organized crime on Serbia – which started fighting against the criminal groups.

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