Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic (file photo) (epa)
August 28, 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the Russian resort city of Sochi today for talks with Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic.
Discussions are expected to focus on developing bilateral political and economic ties.
This is Djukanovic's first visit to Russia since Montenegro declared independence from Serbia following a May referendum.
President Putin at a Kremlin meeting in April (epa)
PUTIN SPEAKS OUT: During a January press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there is a need for "universal principles" to settle "frozen" conflicts in the CIS. His comments came against the background of impending talks on the future status of Kosovo, which many predict will grant it a form of "conditional independence" from Serbia and Montenegro. As an ally of Serbia, Moscow has consistently opposed the idea of Kosovar independence. Putin's remarks suggest he may be shifting his position, but only if the principles applied to Kosovo are also applied to frozen conflicts in the former Soviet Union. If Kosovo can be granted full independence, he asked, why should we deny the same to Abkhazia and South Ossetia? (more)