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Montenegro and Serbia expel several ambassadors into tit for tat

Montenegro has expelled the Serbian ambassador, together with Serbia reciprocating using the expulsion of the Montenegrin ambassador, as tensions grow between the 2 nations.

The outgoing pro-Western authorities of Montenegro mentioned”long and constant meddling in the internal affairs of Montenegro” because the main reason behind the actions and requested Serbian Ambassador Vladimir Bozovic to depart the country.

It comes days ahead of the planned inauguration of brand new, pro-Serb authorities in Montenegro.

Serbia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it reacted in a”reciprocal method.”

State-run media reported that Montenegrin Ambassador Tarzan Milosevic has been requested to leave Serbia over 72 hours.

The diplomatic episode adds to tense relations between the two Balkan countries that were a part of a combined nation before an independence referendum in 2006 directed to Montenegro dividing off.

Montenegro remains deeply divided among people searching for closer ties with conventional Slavic allies Serbia and Russia, and those who see Montenegro as an independent country merged with the West.

The long-ruling pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists was conquered at an August election with a pro-Serb coalition whose authorities are defined to be voted into office in a parliament session the following week. The DPS-led authorities petitioned Serbia and Russia to join NATO in 2017.

The incoming government has accused Serbia of helping pro-Serb political forces in Montenegro to install allies in regaining and power influence.

The Foreign Ministry’s statement claimed that Ambassador Bozovic” directly disrespected” Montenegro by describing a 1918 choice to combine a Serbia-dominated kingdom as an action of “liberation” and”free will” from the Montenegrin men and women.

Montenegro’s parliament announced the century-old decision emptiness in 2018, stating it’d stripped Montenegro of its sovereignty.