18:14 / 16.09.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

Montenegrin President arrives for official visit

Milo Đukanović  and Zoran Milanović

Milo Đukanović and Zoran Milanović

Foto: HRT / HTV

Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović met with President Zoran Milanović in Zagreb on Thursday. 

Đukanović is in Croatia for a two-day visit, which comes just ten days after the controversial enthronement of Montenegro's new top cleric by the Serbian Orthodox Church that led to violent protests his country.

Milanović and Đukanović agreed that Montenegro was struggling under Blegrade's influence because of a lack of interest in the country by the EU.

"We hope we will not have to go through what we did in the 1990s. It is my duty to warn that there is a dangerous similarity," Đukanović said, adding that the current government was servile toward hard-line nationalist forces in Belgrade.

The two leaders spoke at length about Montenegro's hopes of joining the EU.

"Montenegro is at the doorstep. While Serbia is also in accession talks and I'm not sure their intentions are sincere. Should all of the Western Balkans be treated the same or considered selectively? That's the million dollar question,” said Milanović.

Đukanović and Milanović will continue their talks on the Brijuni Islands tonight and tomorrow. The Montenegrin leader also met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković.

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