Local media reported that Montenegro had confiscated 44 properties belonging to 34 Russian citizens under the sanctions imposed by the European Union and other Western allies over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The Department of State Property and Land Registry (Montenegro) has taken decisions limiting the disposal of 44 properties in Montenegro to 34 Russian citizens who have been sanctioned,” said a note from the Ministry of the Interior, reported by local media.
The official statement states that Montenegro, a candidate to join the European Union, has brought its foreign and security policy fully in line with the European Community.
Russian citizens own or co-own about 19,000 apartments and establishments in Montenegro, the vast majority on the Adriatic coast.
Montenegro officially joined the sanctions against Russia at the beginning of last April.
Previously, the country closed its airspace to Russian planes, and on Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov chose to cancel his visit to Serbia, Montenegro’s neighbor, which did not comply with the sanctions.
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