NATO sharing information with Montenegrin government dangerous

Commenting on Russia’s interference in Montenegro’s internal affairs, Escobar said that the United States has both a diplomatic and political response in order to isolate forces that do not want a sovereign and democratic Montenegro. [EPA-EFE / IGOR KUPLJENIK]

Gabriel Escobar, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in charge of the Balkans, confirmed that at the last NATO summit, fears were expressed that it was dangerous to share information with the new government in Podgorica, adding that this concern was real and that people in Montenegro should be aware of it.

Escobar was speaking at the 2BS (To be Secure) Forum in Budva, on the Adriatic coast, via video.

Commenting on Russia’s interference in Montenegro’s internal affairs, Escobar said that the United States has both a diplomatic and political response in order to isolate forces that do not want a sovereign and democratic Montenegro.

He distinguishes between pro-Russian and pro-Serbian forces.

“First, I do not see that the pro-Serbian and pro-Russian issue is the same thing. Those political forces in Montenegro that are pro-Serbian should recognise that Montenegro should be democratic, independent, sovereign and turned to the West, and remain part of NATO. On the other hand, for those parties that are really trying to downplay these aspects…we have many ways to respond to them. Some of them are sanctions, as well as diplomatic and political isolation,” Escobar said.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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