Montenegro joins EU sanctions against Russia, moves to send aid to Ukraine

NEWS 02.03.2022 12:01
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Source: REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic

Montenegro joined the European Union's sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, Montenegro's Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday.

“By completely joining the restrictions, the economic sanctions and sanctions for individuals, Montenegro is continuing its policy of 100-percent agreement with the EU’s foreign policy,” Croatian state agency Hina cited a statement from Montenegro’s foreign ministry.

Montenegro is a tiny country of some 620,000 people which joined Nato in 2017. Along with Slovenia, Croatia, and North Macedonia it is one of four former Yugoslav republics which joined the alliance since the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. The nation is also a candidate for EU membership and has opened accession negotiations with the bloc in 2012.

The country’s armed forces general staff announced a donation of non-lethal military equipment, primarily bulletproof vests and helmets. Montenegro’s finance ministry also pitched in by sending €50,000 to the government in Kyiv and Red Cross Montenegro launched a special hotline for donations to fund humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

Montenegro’s government said that “due to the increased interest of Montenegrin nationals in Russia wishing to leave the country,” there are plans to organize repatriation flights operated by its flag carrier, Air Montenegro, and added that they are negotiating with Russia about setting up these flights.

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