Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on media reports on Wednesday that Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and other senior politicians have been put on Russia’s blacklist in response to the country’s decision to join sanctions against Moscow.
“No, I know nothing about this,” Peskov told reporters.
The online version of Montenegro’s Pobjeda newspaper reported, citing sources in the country’s Foreign Ministry, that the blacklist also includes former Montenegrin Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic Party of Socialists Milo Dukanovic, and Parliament Speaker Ivan Brajovic and 46 lawmakers who had voted in favor of accession to NATO. “The list includes at least 70 individuals,” the paper said. Businessmen close to state authorities and heads of major Montenegrin companies are also on the list, according to the report.
The report has not been confirmed by officials. Unlike the EU and the US, Russia does not publish its blacklists of foreigners who have been banned entry to the country. Moscow explains this by the need to protect personal data.