Montenegro is celebrating Statehood Day on Wednesday, remembering 13 July 1878 when it was recognised as an independent state at the Berlin Congress and 13 July 1941 when its people rose against fascism.
"By renewing its independence, Montenegro showed that it was doing it for the benefit of its citizens and not against anyone," President Filip Vujanovic told a ceremony marking Statehood Day in Cetinje on Tuesday evening.
He said that Montenegro was not against close ties with Serbia or against the centuries-old and traditional friendship with Russia.
"We have the right to expect everyone, especially our friends, to accept our sovereignty and our right to choose our own path. That does not mean parting ways with anyone, but finding our rightful place in the international community," Vujanovic said.
Vujanovic is in Belgrade on Wednesday for a working meeting during which he is scheduled to meet with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and President Tomislav Nikolic.