Latest News from Montenegro

U.S. Senate to Vote on Montenegro's NATO Membership

The U.S. Senate will vote next week on the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday, after the Trump administration urged lawmakers to take up the long-delayed matter, Reuters reported.

Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro's NATO membership

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the U.S. Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."

Tillerson Boosts Montenegro's NATO Membership Hopes

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to leaders of the US Senate, urging them to ratify Montenegro's membership of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."

Montenegro Broadcaster Names New Chief

A new general director was appointed chief of public broadcaster Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) on Tuesday. The move follows months of disputes, layoffs, accusations of political influence and alleged rigging of competitions.

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports about the massive money-laundering scheme which siphoned $20.8 billion (19.2 billion euros) from 19 Russian banks have named Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina among the countries where suspicious financial transactions took place.

Montenegro Probes Controversial Saudi Arms Sales

Montenegro's special prosecution for organised crime and corruption is probing the exports of the Montenegro Defence Industry's, MDI, the country's main arms trader deals since 2011, including alleged trading with Libya, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia, BIRN has learned.

US Senator Accused of Blocking Montenegro's NATO Bid

Republican senator Rand Paul was accused by John McCain on Wednesday of being pro-Russian after he blocked the passage of a treaty in the US Senate that would allow Montenegro to move forward towards NATO membership. 

Montenegro Denies Russian Rocker Escaped from Jail

Montenegro's Justice Ministry has dismissed stories posted on social media by controversial Russian heavy metal bandleader Sergey 'Pauk' Troitsky claiming that he escaped from a jail in Podgorica.

Trotsky, who leads the group Korrozia Mettala, wrote on Facebook on March 6 that he escaped from "a secret underground prison" in Montenegro.

Serbian PM Joins Bosnia Summit After Genocide Case Row

Vucic is attending the summit of leaders from the Western Balkans in Sarajevo on Thursday despite the row over the failed attempt by Bosniak politicians to seek a review of the International Court of Justice ruling and despite rumours spread by Serbian media of a potential security risk.

Djukanovic Says Russia Wants To Destroy EU

A former prime minister of Montenegro has appealed to the European Union to curb Russia's "destructive" influence in the Balkans.

Milo Djukanovic made the statement on March 14, several months after what prosecutors said was an attempted coup to overthrow Montenegro's pro-Western government and prevent the country joining NATO.

Pro-Erdogan Turks Hold Anti-EU Protest in Sarajevo

Several dozen people protested in Sarajevo's Bascarsija district on Sunday to express anger about bans in several EU states on rallies in support of a referendum in Turkey on whether to give the president more powers.

President of Kosovo Threatens to Quit

Kosovo's president said on Friday he would resign and force a parliamentary election if lawmakers do not approve changes that would effectively create a national army under a plan opposed by the country's ethnic Serb minority and its NATO and U.S allies, according to Reuters.

ID Delays Leave Bosnian Sailors Stranded

Bosnian sailors and shipping crews have been hit by delays in procedures within the country's bodies for issuing identity documents.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs, the ministry responsible for issuing shipping and maritime ID booklets, has been unable to produce them while regulations and a contract for the booklets were still being coordinated.

McAllister regrets Serbia is ignoring anti-Russia sanctions

"The European Union needs to be more visible in the western Balkans to counter Russian attempts to destabilize the region," says David McAllister.

This member of European Parliament (MEP) - EP's rapporteur for Serbia and chair of the body's Foreign Affairs Committee - also said that geopolitics "has returned" to the Balkans, the Guardian is reporting on its website.

Top MEP Tells EU to Counter Russia in Balkans

Ahead of an important summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday - probably the last to take place before Britain invokes the Article 50 mechanism for leaving the EU - David McAllister, German MEP and leader of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the EU to do more to counter Russian influence in the Balkans.

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