Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sept. 1 that Serbia and its president, Aleksandar Vucic, have never interfered in Montenegro’s internal affairs.
Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic has said that Vucic and Serbia’s current policies “have demonstrated quite problematic intentions” toward Montenegro and that since the passing of the Law on the freedom of religion in that country last December, a strong media and political aggression “from all” in Belgrade has been in progress.
“It was not Vucic to urge the citizens of Montenegro whom to vote for but [Albanian Prime Minister Edi] Rama and others, which, according to Milo Djukanovic is not interfering in internal affairs,” Dacic said in a written statement.
The minister emphasized that Serbia is not interested in who is in power in Montenegro, but only in the rights and freedoms of the Serb people, who account for around 29 percent of the Montenegrin population, as well as the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church, “whose property and holy places were the target of the attacks from the Montenegrin authorities.”
Dacic also said that it is “shameful” that Djukanovic “is accusing Serbia and Aleksandar Vucic” of meddling with Montenegro’s internal matters while he “has in the most direct way interfered in Serbia’s internal affairs by recognizing [the independence of] Kosovo.”