The Montenegrin government has decided to accept the European Union’s restrictive measures and imposed new sanctions on Russia

Montenegro has accepted new restrictive EU measures due to the “annexation” of Crimea to Russia and thus continued its continuous diplomatic policy since the time of Milo Djukanovic’s regime.

MOSCOW GUILTY OF CRIMEA: Montenegrin government decides to accept European Union restrictive measures and imposes new sanctions on Russia

Session of the Government of Montenegro / Photo Government of Montenegro

Political analyst Bosko Vukicevic, a former adviser to Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic, sees this conduct of Montenegro’s foreign policy as a “moral decline of the new government”.

– After the historical overthrow of the autocracy by free people, the general expectation among the citizens was that there will be a renewal of historical, traditional, true Montenegro, but also the establishment of a state that will take care primarily of its own interests, not foreign ones. Litija won with the intention to bring Montenegro back to itself, and not to deliver it to the powerful people of the world for management. The new government not only did not take steps in the direction of the historical renewal of Montenegro, but also did everything to the contrary. She is trying in all possible ways to send a message to the Western spheres: we will be your more submissive vassals than Milo Đukanović ever was – Vukićević says for “Novosti”.

He reminds that Russia is an eternal friend without whose centuries-old help Montenegro would not exist.

– Only after that come economic reasons. Planned endangerment of domestic tourism is something that cannot be rationally explained. The security aspect should also be addressed. You are making yourself an enemy territory and a target for a country with the largest nuclear arsenal and the most modern missile systems – concludes Vukićević.

Petar Markovic, the head of Montenegro’s permanent mission to the European Union, said that the latest decision on the continuation and additional sanctions against Russia speaks of how committed the Montenegrin administration is to membership and the promotion of Western values.

– Often such decisions are not easy for a country that depends on tourism, and sanctions apply to a country that is our emotional market. However, Montenegro has recognized the EU policy and made it a priority, which is highly valued in Brussels – said Markovic.


MONTENEGRIN exports to Russia have been weak so far, while wines were the most famous product from Montenegro. Following the introduction of earlier sanctions, Russia has banned the import of meat, fish, seafood, cheese, fruits and vegetables from Montenegro. At one point, the import of Podgorica’s “Plantaža” wine was stopped.

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