UK and US suspect Russian spies hiding in Serbia

Two Russian agents, suspected of plotting to kill Milo Djukanovic, have been photographed in Serbia, the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, is reporting.

According to the article, they are Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, allegedly members of a Russian secret service – and they were seen in Serbia shortly after “the failed coup (in Montenegro) in October.”

“The pair are accused of planning to take over parliament, assassinate the then-PM Milo Djukanovic and install a pro-Russian leadership to prevent Montenegro from joining NATO,” the paper reported on its website. 

Shishmakov and Popov “remain at large,” the article added – because “hey were “allowed to return to Russia despite accusations of carrying out a covert operation in Serbia, and will be tried in absentia.” 

The photographs – one of which shows “Serbian agent Aleksandar Sindjelic” are said to have originally been obtained by Sky News – and came from “an unnamed European security service.”

In other related news, a United States senator has expressed hope that Serbia won’t grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility that some believe is a spy base but that Moscow insists is a disaster relief center.

Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said Tuesday that such a move by Serbia would not be in the Balkan country’s interest and would send a “very bad signal.”

Johnson spoke in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, after talks with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic. Serbia is seeking European Union membership, but also has close ties with Russia.

Moscow has denied speculation that the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center opened in 2011 is really a station for eavesdropping on Western interests in the Balkans.

(B92, Associated Press, 29.08.2017)

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