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Russia recognizes Montenegro as independent country

BELGRADE, June 11 -- The Russian Federation has recognized Montenegro as a sovereign and independent state, the Montenegrin Foreign Ministry said in the capital Podgorica on Sunday.

Russian Consul-General Vladimir Vanijev in Podgorica presented to Montenegrin Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Aleksandar Mostrokol a note based on a June 10 decree of President Vladimir Putin on Montenegro's recognition, said the ministry in a statement.

It said that the Russian Federation expressed willingness to establish diplomatic relations between Moscow and Podgorica at the ambassadorial level.

Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Ministry also said that it has recognized the independence of Montenegro.

"In line with a decree by the President of the Russian Federation, Russia has recognized the Republic of Montenegro as a separate, independent and sovereign state," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

Montenegro declared its independence on June 3 following the referendum of May 21, when 55.5 percent of citizens voted for separating from the state union with Serbia.

On June 8, Iceland recognized Montenegro as an independent and sovereign country, being the first to do so. EU member countries are to consider the recognition of Montenegro on June 12, at a foreign ministers meeting taking place in Luxemburg. Enditem

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