Latest News from Montenegro
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.