According to Ranko Krivokapic, the decision was inevitable for Montenegro and was due to the country's adherence to the obligations assumed. The minister also pointed out that Lavrov could have come to Serbia by train =”The Foreign Minister of Montenegro explained the ban on the overflight of Lavrov's plane” />
Montenegro, by banning the flight over its territory of the aircraft of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was heading to Serbia, showed commitment to the obligations assumed. Foreign Minister of Montenegro Ranko Krivokapic told RTCG about this.
According to Krivokapic, such a decision was inevitable for Podgorica, it was taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The minister added that he was surprised by Moscow's reaction. Krivokapić believes that Lavrov could have traveled to Belgrade by train, as there are no restrictions on rail links between Moscow and the Serbian capital.
On the refusal of the three countries— Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bulgaria— to give permission for the overflight of Lavrov's plane became known on the evening of June 5. The Minister's visit to Serbia was to take place on June 6–7.
On the same day, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, confirmed the refusal of the countries surrounding Serbia to give permission for the overflight. «Countries— EU and NATO members closed the airspace, closed another communication channel, — she commented.
Lavrov called the incident “unthinkable”, and the actions of the three countries— outrageous. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, Serbia, which is a sovereign state, was deprived of the right to conduct foreign policy towards Russia.
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As a result, Lavrov's visit to Serbia did not take place on the scheduled dates. President Aleksandar Vucic claimed that Belgrade was attacked because of the planned visit. “You cannot understand how many countless negotiations there were in which Serbia was asked to cancel the reception of the Russian Foreign Minister,” — he explained.
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