Moscow anxious: What if it is proved that Russian circles were behind the attempts to cause violence?

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration will not comment on Sergey Zelezniak’s statement that Montenegrin authorities fabricated an attempted coup in Montenegro, thus trying to discredit Russia and Serbia, since it comes from a Russian MP, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reports. Zelezniak is United Russia Council’s deputy secretary general and a member of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee.

However, asked whether Zelezniak’s position can be considered as Russia’s official attitude, RFE/RL’s Russian Service correspondent Yulia Petrovskaya said that his comments did not represent his personal views in any case:

“In this particular case, this is the statement coming from one of the leaders and one of the key representatives of the ruling United Russia – the party fully controlled by the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin. Zelezniak usually has very harsh statements on the relations between Russia and Western countries and he is very active when it comes to Russia’s relations with the Balkan countries. His views often seem much more radical than the ones coming from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His position cannot be regarded as an insignificant private statement”, she said.

Petrovskaya finds that Zelezniak’s statement represents a response to anxiety in the Russian political circles over the potential political damage to Russia’s reputation in the Balkans, if it is proved that Russian circles were behind the attempts to cause violence in Montenegro.

“This message primarily indicates anxiety which was created in Russian ruling circles due to the campaign that is ongoing in the Balkans after the attempted illegal activities and the terrorist attack in Montenegro. This message should prevent the damage to Russia’s reputation in the Balkans and to Russia–Serbia relations, particularly if allegations that the territory of Serbia was abused by certain Russian circles or Russia as a country are confirmed”, Petrovskaya said.

According to her, there is no information on the connection between Leonid Reshetnikov’s dismissal and developments in the Balkans, but the Reshetnikov Institute’s activities are controversial in terms of science.

“It is well known that Reshetnikov was active in anti-NATO campaign in the Balkans and very sharply criticised the Montenegrin authorities in a humiliating way. That was a primitive propaganda which has nothing to do with science and serious assessments of the situation in the Balkans, particularly in Montenegro”, Petrovskaya said.

In the past few years, Russia has repeatedly sent sharp messages to the Montenegrin authorities due to the country’s progress towards NATO, opposing that integration.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro