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Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Saturday that his country's orientation towards Europe and NATO was not anti-Russian and that it was not true that all NATO members were Russia's enemies.

He said Russia was not interested in whether Montenegro would join NATO nor, as NATO integration opponents thought, in being present in the Adriatic. "No, Russia's primary interest is to show its strength and its power to the European Union and NATO. Unfortunately, we have found ourselves on that front line, alone."

"Now a group of party leaders around the Democratic Front opposition coalition, which evidently has a lot of Russian money which arrived through secret channels, is trying to influence the results of the parliamentary election to be held on October 16, sacrificing national interests," Djukanovic said.

He said Montenegro's moves were not anti-Russian but followed national interests, with a wish to maintain good relations with everyone.

Speaking on the Podgorica-based Atlas TV, Djukanovic said Montenegro had a "more than exemplary cooperation with Croatia... Aside from Prevlaka, we have no outstanding issues and will will solve that through international arbitration, with the obligation that the verdict be upheld by the national parliaments."

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