Lavrov Dismisses Claims Moscow Allegedly Involved in Montenegro Coup Attempt

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday dismissed accusations that Moscow was allegedly involved in a coup attempt in Montenegro. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called these allegations "irresponsible".

On Sunday, The Telegraph, one of the leading UK newspapers, published citing "senior Whitehall sources" an article, which accused Moscow of plotting to overthrow Montenegro's government by murdering then pro-Western Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on October 16, 2016 in order to sabotage the country's intention to join NATO.

"As for your mentioned news, it is on a par with other baseless accusations toward us and our country, including hacker attacks against the entire West, meddling in the election campaigns of the majority of Western countries, the Trump administration's contacts with the Russian special services and much more," Lavrov said.

He told reporters "we have not been presented with any facts relating to any of these unfounded accusations."

In his turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said absurd accusations of Russia's involvement in the coup attempt against Djukanovic are irresponsible without substantiated facts.

"Day in and day out we register absurd accusations against Russia, day in and day out we deny the allegations. Among other things, we say with conviction that there cannot be any talk about official Moscow's or official Russia's involvement in some internal events in Montenegro," Peskov told reporters.

He expressed regret with the fact that high-level officials level anti-Russian accusations in connection with the plot.

"These words are too serious to say and not support by any reliable information. This is at least irresponsible," Peskov said.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Embassy to Britain refuted the report, describing it as "pure innuendo".

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