The Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata, arguing that he has carried out activities contrary to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
As reported by the diplomatic portfolio, this Thursday an official note was delivered to the Russian ambassador in Podgorica, Vladislav Maslenikov, specifying a period of seven days to leave the country.
Throughout this year, and after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, which began at the end of February by order of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, the Government of Montenegro has expelled a total of five Russian diplomats.
Among them stands out Victor Antipin, an officer of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, who was reported to be holding meetings with the former vice president of the Montenegrin Assembly, Stahinjo Bulajic, of pro-Russian ideology, according to the newspaper ‘Pobjeda’.
Russian authorities later ordered the expulsion of an employee from the Montenegrin Embassy in Moscow in response, according to the Russian news agency TASS.