PODGORICA, Montenegro – The Montenegrin government has decided that it will join the Atlanticists and expel a Russian diplomat and withdraw its consent for Russia’s honorary consul to continues activities in the Balkan country.
“The Montenegrin government has decided to declare a diplomatic agent accredited at the Russian Embassy persona non grata and withdraw its consent to the activities of Russia’s Honorary Consul in Montenegro,” the statement reads.
The Russian diplomat has a week to leave Montenegro.
It also noted that the expelled diplomat would have to leave the country within seven days.
On Tuesday, the Montenegrin opposition party, Democratic Front, urged the government to “try to preserve the country’s honor and dignity and refrain from expelling Russian diplomats.”
Montenegro’s Cabinet earlier expressed support for the UK over the poisoning case of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain, and his daughter Yulia, according to TASS. This has been the reason a spate of countries have been expelling Russian diplomats.