“Montenegro, dreaming of EU membership and waiting to join there for almost 12 years, may have decided that its sanctions policy, which will be approved by the collective West, will accelerate this process. Freezing real estate bought by Russians, hiding behind sanctions, theoretically means meeting the requirements of the European Union and supporting the anti-Russian agenda, but in fact this is just theft, ”he said.
However, according to the deputy, by doing so, Montenegro is stealing from itself. As Belik emphasized, she will understand this after her economy is left without investments, which were provided by Russian citizens and Russian companies.
The day before, Balkan Insight, citing the Montenegrin Foreign Ministry, reported that the country’s authorities, as part of the implementation of the sanctions regime, began to freeze real estate owned by Russian citizens.
On July 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the collective West is trying to make Montenegro and North Macedonia an instrument in the anti-Russian game. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, Russian brothers used to be friends for Montenegrins and Macedonians. They helped in the most difficult times, spoke in defense of Orthodoxy in the Balkans.
The minister also stressed that both North Macedonia and Montenegro wanted to join the European Union, but they were drawn into NATO, called to join anti-Russian sanctions, and Russophobic sentiments inside the countries began to warm up.
On July 19, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the start of negotiations on the entry into the European Union of Albania and North Macedonia. North Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership since 2014. In addition to them, Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia still have the status of candidates for EU accession.
In June, Montenegro officially supported the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia due to the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect Donbass. In addition, Montenegro froze 44 real estate objects of Russian citizens.
Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to Podgorica, Vladislav Maslennikov, said that the country had turned off the broadcasting of Russian TV channels on its territory.
On July 21, the European Union introduced the seventh package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. Restrictions are provided for direct and indirect import, purchase or transfer of gold. The ban applies to precious metal if it originates from Russia and is exported from it.
Western countries have stepped up sanctions pressure on Moscow in response to a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass, which began on February 24. The special operation began against the background of the aggravated situation in the region in mid-February. Then the authorities of the DPR and LPR reported on the increased shelling by the Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of the civilian population in the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the relevant decrees.
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