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McCain Calls for Greater US, EU Engagement in Balkans.

Increased U.S. and European engagement in the Western Balkans will be critical to countering an increasingly assertive Russian in the region, Republican Arizona Senator John McCain told VOA Wednesday. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the comments shortly after returning from a tour of the ...

- Voice of America - US

Crewman injured on cruise ship.

A 29-year-old man from Montenegro was seriously injured this evening when he fell down a lift well while working on a cruise ship in Grand Harbour.  The police said the accident happened at about 7pm as the worker worked on the lift.  He fell the height of two decks. A magisterial inquiry is under way.  

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Montenegro says Russia wine ban linked to NATO accession.

Montenegro said Wednesday that a decision by Russia to ban imports from its biggest winemaker was politically motivated by the Balkan country's imminent accession to NATO.According to state-owned wine...

- Expatica - NL

Killer of Red Star supporter loses both legs in explosion.

A man identified as Dusko Roganovic on Monday lost both legs in an explosion at the main bus station in Montenegro's coastal town of Herceg Novi. Belgrade's Vecernje Novosti daily is reporting this on Tuesday.

- B92 - SK

'Montenegro's military potential equals zero'.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Montenegro's NATO membership is needed in order to "step up the alliance's control in the Balkans." According to Shoigu, NATO continues projecting its forces near Russia's borders, and including new states in its sphere of influence.

- B92 - SK

Montenegro opposition vows to freeze NATO membership.

PODGORICA, Montenegro — Montenegro's pro-Russia opposition has vowed to freeze the Balkan country's future membership in NATO if it wins the next parliamentary election, saying upcoming approval of the accession treaty is illegal.

- Billings Gazette - US

Montenegro opposition vows to freeze NATO membership.

Montenegro's pro-Russia opposition has vowed to freeze the Balkan country's future membership in NATO if it wins the next parliamentary election, saying upcoming approval of the accession treaty is illegal.

- FOX News - US

Montenegro's Capital Sues Priests for Market 'Break-In'.

To avoid directly targeting the influential Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Podgorica's mayor filed a criminal complaint against unknown perpetrators, who were dressed like priests', for holding a mass on disputed property.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Montenegrin Court to Rule on Marovic's Jail Term.

A court must decide whether the former president of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozar Marovic, can stay Belgrade while receiving medical treatment, or return home to serve his jail term.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Moscow Bad-Mouths Montenegro, But Russians Still Flocking To Its Beaches.

Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, made the dramatic claim last week that Montenegro was responsible for inflaming "anti-Russian hysteria" and for the "unacceptable treatment of Russians, who may expect provocations and detentions" while visiting that southern Balkan state.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Inclusive NZ Deaf and hearing theatre to tour overseas.

A new multi-lingual devised theatre production, Salonica, by Equal Voices Arts Company has been invited overseas to perform and tour in the UK, Serbia and Montenegro.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Montenegro to Try Kosovo War Murder Suspect

An ex-soldier accused of involvement in the killing of Kosovo Albanians in 1999 while he was serving with the Yugoslav Army will start next month - the first war crimes trial in Montenegro in years.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Truck with Undeclared Weapon Passed Trough Bulgaria

On friday the Serbian customs revealed a big quantity of undeclared air weapon in a truck which was coming from Bulgaria, announced TANJUG. Barrels, optical sights, as well as ten air guns and 4000 munitions for them were found in the truck that was stopped on the border crossing point Gradina' on a way from Turkey to ...

- Novinite - BG

Vucic 'remains committed to good relations with Montenegro'

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic received on Friday Ambassador of Montenegro to Serbia Branislav Micunovic. Vucic recalled that during the official visit of Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic in February "the good and friendly relations between the two countries were confirmed," the Serbian government said.

- B92 - SK

Montenegro Eurovision Singer Hits Wrong Note Back Home

Slavko Kalezic, Montenegro's entry for the Eurovision song contest, may have wowed some international audiences with his provocative appearance - but it has appalled many people at home who deem it an insult to traditional values. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

Russia, Montenegro Trade Barbs Over NATO Membership

Moscow and Podgorica have exchanged sharp words over Kremlin claims that Montenegro was encouraging a 'surge in anti-Russian hysteria'.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Thaci Pressures Kosovo MPs on Border Deal

As Kosovo President Hashim Thaci again urges parliament to ratify the controversial agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro, the issue may well decide the fate of the ruling coalition under Isa Mustafa.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Stability versus Protest

While protests in Serbia continue, much of the international community seems to be opting for the 'devil it knows', while in Montenegro controversy over last year's coup rumbles on… 

- Balkan Insight - UK

MFA Russia says Montenegro seeing 'surge of anti-Russian hysteria'

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the situation in Montenegro is now unfavorable for the Russians, as stated by ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, RIA Novosti reports.


Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has "the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans." In addition, Bushati says that Albania is "a bastion against Russia's influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia."

- B92 - SK

Belgrade to host regional meeting on Agrokor crisis

Belgrade will host a meeting between Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's meeting with Serbian, Slovenian, Bosnian and Montenegrin trade and economy ministers. They will be joined by Serbia's agriculture minister "to discuss the status of the Agrokor company headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia," Beta reported.

- B92 - SK

Serbia Hosts Agrokor Summit Without Croatia

Serbia's Trade Minister on Wednesday will host a joint meeting with trade ministers from Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro on the Agrokor crisis - but apparently without a Croatian representative.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Russian Media Paint Dark Picture of Montenegro

As the former Russian ally moves closer to joining NATO, the Moscow media have suddenly decided the country is riddled with decay, crime and corruption.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Sixth False Bomb Report Alarms Montenegro Capital

Six false bomb threats have been reported in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, in less than two weeks, leaving police struggling to figure out who is making the calls.

- Balkan Insight - UK

This Man's Quest to Restore the Russian Empire Isn't Going Well

Anton Bakov's search for a place to revive the Romanov dynasty has taken him from Montenegro to Western Africa, where he was detained for trying to transport a saber. But the millionaire businessman won't quit.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Trump Administration Is Said to Back Montenegro’s Admission to NATO

A White House official said the support was given in part to counter the influence of Russia in the small Balkan nation.

- International NY Times - US

Trump approves Montenegro's Nato membership

US president Donald Trump ratified Montenegro's accession to Nato on Tuesday, paving the way for the Balkan nation to become the alliance's 29th member. In a separate letter to the US Senate also sent Tuesday, Trump pledged that Montenegro's inclusion will not increase the United States' payments towards the alliance. ...

- EU Observer - EU