April 11, 2018 / 3:10 PM / 5 months ago

Russia's Putin: ties with Montenegro at odds with our age-old friendship

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s ties with Montenegro do not match up to the long tradition of friendship between the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Orthodox Easter service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia April 8, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

Speaking at a Kremlin ceremony where new foreign ambassadors to Moscow presented their credentials, Putin told the envoy from Montenegro: “The current state of affairs in Russia-Montenegro relations clearly does not correspond to the centuries-old traditions of brotherly friendship and spiritual affinity between our peoples.”

“Russia is in favour of developing links with Montenegro on a mutually beneficial basis,” Putin said.

Russia was angered by Montenegro’s accession last year to the NATO military alliance.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alison Williams

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