Russia disappointed by Montenegro's joining of anti-Russian sanctions

'Montenegro's decision seriously harms the bilateral relationship'

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has said that Montenegro's decision to join the anti-Russian sanctions seriously harms the bilateral relationship.

"We are deeply disappointed that Montenegro joined the so-called anti-Russian sanctions - in reality, unlawful actions, and this inflicts serious damage on our relations in practically all spheres," Naryshkin said while receiving a delegation from Montenegro's Democratic Bloc in Moscow on Feb. 1.

He said he sincerely regrets that Russian-Montenegrin relations are currently going through a difficult period. This happened through no fault of Russia's, he said.

"We are deeply convinced that our cooperation, our relations, which have very rich historical roots, must not depend on third countries' political games," Naryshkin said.

"Having said that, there are positive moments in our relationship today and together we should multiply them," he added.

In particular, a whole host of Russian companies are successfully operating in Montenegro, including major and famous ones such as Lukoil and Novatek; the two countries are developing their tourism cooperation, the speaker said. Some 300,000 Russian tourists visited Montenegro in just under 11 months in 2015, i.e. one-fifth of all tourists to the country, Naryshkin said.

The volume of Russian investment in Montenegro is "fairly significant", mainly in real estate, he said.

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