Despite Kremlin's warnings, Russians flock to Montenegro
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.