De­spite Krem­lin's warn­ings, Rus­sians flock to Mon­tene­gro

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Rus­sian tourists are flock­ing to Mon­tene­gro de­spite warn­ings from Moscow against their vis­its to the lat­est NATO-mem­ber coun­try. Mon­tene­gro's tourism or­ga­ni­za­tion said yes­ter­day that Rus­sians had more than 179,000 overnight stays in the first six months in the tiny Adri­atic Sea coun­try, four times more than the same pe­riod last year. When Mon­tene­gro joined NATO in June de­spite the Krem­lin's strong op­po­si­tion, Rus­sia's For­eign Min­istry warned Rus­sians against their visit to the for­mer al­lied state, say­ing "there is an anti-Rus­sian hys­te­ria in Mon­tene­gro."

Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Maria Zakharova had warned Rus­sians they could face provo­ca­tions, ar­rests and ex­pul­sions. Mon­tene­gro's author­i­ties say that only in the last 15 days, about 13,000 Rus­sians ar­rived through the sea­side air­port of Ti­vat, 15 per­cent more than dur­ing the same pe­riod last year. — AP

A view of the Sveti Ste­fan penin­sula, a ho­tel and a tourist re­sort on the coast of Mon­tene­gro. — AP pho­tos

A worker re­pairs roof on Holy Sun­day church in the 'Tsar's Vil­lage' com­plex near Sveti Ste­fan penin­sula in Mon­tene­gro.

A view of the 'Tsar's Vil­lage' com­plex near Sveti Ste­fan penin­sula in Mon­tene­gro.

A view to Porto Mon­tene­gro, one of the big­gest and most lux­u­ri­ous of all the yacht­ing mari­nas on the Adri­atic, in Ti­vat, Mon­tene­gro.

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