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    Montenegrin opposition plans to abolish the anti-Russian sanctions introduced by the current government, the leader of the New Serb Democracy opposition party, Andrija Mandic, said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Montenegro, which is an EU partner country, joined the European sanctions against Russian individuals and entities for their alleged role in destabilizing Ukraine and in Crimea's incorporation into Russia. In late 2015, the Montenegrin government adopted a proposal introducing sanctions banning trade with Crimea.

    "As the future government, the first thing that our government will do in Montenegro is cancel the sanctions against Russia. It will build the best possible relations with Russia," Mandic said during a meeting with the speaker of Russia's lower house, Sergei Naryshkin, in Moscow.

    The opposition seeks to preserve and improve relations established by its predecessors, Mandic said, stressing that tens of thousands of Montenegro's citizens support the coalition. Those sympathetic to the opposition deplore Podgorica's decision to impose sanctions against Russia as well its recognition of Kosovo, he added.

    The politician noted Montenegro's historical links with Russia and condemned Podgorica's pro-NATO vector, adding that most of the country's population rejects the Atlantic alliance.

    New Serb Democracy has been taking part in anti-government protests as part of the Democratic Front coalition. The opposition has been demanding a referendum on the country's impending NATO membership and calling for Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic’s resignation.

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