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Russian Deputy PM Rogozin Barred From Montenegro

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (file photo)

Montenegro says it has barred Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin from entering the small Balkan country.

The Foreign Ministry said on February 11 that Rogozin is among 50 Russian politicians and businesspeople who are not allowed to enter Montenegro.

The nation of some 600,000 people, which is seeking to join the European Union and NATO, has adopted Western sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

The Foreign Ministry said Milan Knezevic, leader of the pro-Moscow Democratic People's Party, had invited Rogozin without any consultations with Montenegro's authorities.

Based on reporting by AP and Interfax