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Moscow Processes Montenegro's Request in Probing Coup Attempt

© AFP 2023 / SAVO PRELEVICA man is escorted by Montenegrin police officers to the special court in Podgorica on October 16, 2016
A man is escorted by Montenegrin police officers to the special court in Podgorica on October 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
Moscow is examining Podgorica's request for assistance in the investigation of an alleged coup attempt in Montenegro in October.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Prosecutor General's Office told Sputnik on Thursday it is processing Montenegro's request for assistance in investigating the Balkan country's October 2016 coup attempt.

"At present, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office is considering the request of Montenegro's competent authorities for legal assistance in connection with the investigation of the events mentioned in the request," the office's press service said.

Demonstrators take part in an anti-NATO protest march in Podgorica, Montenegro. File photo - Sputnik International
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On the voting day on October 16, 2016, 20 people were detained during the parliamentary elections in the country. They were allegedly planning to kill Milo Djukanovic, the country’s prime minister, and seize the parliament’s building. According to media reports, the majority of the detainees have admitted their guilt.

Last week, Montenegrin prosecutor Milivoje Katnic accused Russian secret service operatives of plotting a coup during Montenegro's October 2016 elections to forestall the country's NATO membership bid. Moscow refuted the accusations, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling the accusations unsubstantiated and irresponsible.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the accusations of Russia's alleged involvement were baseless.

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