Montenegro has dismissed the ambassador of Serbia according to the Foreign Ministry on Saturday, with Serbia responding a few hours later by expelling Montenegro’s ambassador from the country.
The Montenegrin Foreign Ministry cited “long and continuous meddling in the internal affairs of Montenegro” as the reason for the dismisal.
The statement made by the Foreign Ministry’s said Serbian Ambassador Vladimir Bozovic “directly disrespected” Montenegro by describing a 1918 decision to join a Serbia-dominated kingdom as an act “liberation” and “free will” by the Montenegrin people.
Montenegro’s parliament declared the century-old decision void in 2018, saying it had stripped Montenegro of its sovereignty.
The statement said Bozovic’s comments on November 27 were “incompatible with the usual acceptable standards of diplomatic office.”
Serbia’s Foreign Ministry announced its retribution response in a statement saying, “On the occasion of declaring the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Montenegro, Vladimir Bozovic, a persona non grata, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia acted in a reciprocal manner.”
State-run media reported that Montenegrin Ambassador Tarzan Milosevic was asked to leave Serbia within 72 hours.
Montenegro and Serbia were part of a joint country before an independence referendum in 2006 led to Montenegro splitting off.
The pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists was defeated in August after three decades in power by a pro-Serb coalition. The new government is set to be voted into office during a parliament session next week.
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