Moscow views Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's allegations concerning Russia's role in protests in this country as groundless and is concerned about the use of excessive force against demonstrators.
"Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's groundless statements accusing Russia of provoking protest demonstrations in Podgorica and encouraging clashes between opposition forces and police have caused our deep perplexity. Djukanovic did not cite a single specific fact of Russia's alleged involvement in fomenting social tensions, and he could not have done so, as there are no such facts," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Oct. 27.
"As for Russia, we are concerned indeed, and not about a choice that the people of Montenegro should make freely but about the use of excessive force by the Podgorica authorities against peaceful demonstrators," it said.
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