Montenegro aligns with EU, fails to back Russian resolution
Montenegro did not support a UN resolution against glorification of nazism and racism submitted by Russia, "because EU countries voted against."Source: Vijesti
This is what the Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations told the Podgorica-based daily Vijesti.
The UN General Assembly on November 21 passed the resolution that calls for fight against nazism, neo-nazism and other practices that produce racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related forms of intolerance.
"Montenegro as a candidate for EU membership aligned itself with the position of the EU," the newspaper said it was told at the ministry.
Serbia was the only regional country that supported the Russian resolution, while others abstained from voting.
The daily writes that the Montenegrin Foreign Ministry explained that the country, as an EU candidate, "has an obligation to align its positions with the policy of EU countries, which it did in this case as well."
The newspaper quotes Voice of America s saying that Russia "used the resolution for domestic propaganda." Namely, it pointed out to Ukraine's Right Sector and Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian People's Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO) as being neo-Nazi groups.
The EU announced earlier that while its members stood against nazism and racism, the resolution "limits freedom of speech and assembly, and ignores other racist and totalitarian ideologies."