Links between suspects in Montenegro coup and Skripal poisoningAdriatic Journal 21 September 2018
British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, writes there are clear links between suspects in Sergey Skripal poisoning in England and the alleged plotters behind a coup in Montenegro in 2016. The publication cites the research by the investigative journalist organisation Bellingcat which found there are only 26 intervening passport numbers between Aleksander Petrov’s document – one of the two Russians suspected by Britain to have poisoned Skripal and his daughter Yulia – and the cover passport for Col Shishmakov, “who was organising the coup before Montenegro’s elections in October 2016 under the alias Eduard Shirokov”. It further points out that Shirokov was issued the passport in August 2016, “suggesting that the special authority which issued it had only granted 26 passports from April 2016, when Petrov started travelling.” Britain has dismissed claims by the opposition in Montenegro that the attempted coup was faked by the ruling party, accepting the government’s claims that Russia was behind it.
Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has arrived in Sarajevo last night for a two day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the airport Lavrov was greeted by the Russian ambassador to BiH Peter Ivancov, as well as representatives from the BiH’s cabinet of the minister of foreign affairs. Lavrov will meet today with BiH’s Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak as well as members of the BiH presidency in Sarajevo. “We have a chance to host our colleague Lavrov and for me, it is a sign of support to all of us here and confirmation of our friendship. I’m sure Russia will not interfere [in October’s general elections],” Crnadak told a press conference on Thursday, alluding to concerns that the Russian visit might sway the outcome. In the afternoon, Lavrov will travel to Banja Luka where he will meet with officials from the Republika Srpska and attend a ceremony to mark the beginning of teh construction of Russian chruch and Russian-Serbia culutral centre. He is also due to meet with Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dačić.
Today is the International Day of Peace, which is dedicated to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, it is 70 years since its approval at the United Nations General Assembly (UN General Assembly). The declaration, which was drafted by representatives of countries with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, was adopted on December 10, 1948 at the UN General Assembly in Paris. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and personal security,” reads the third article of the declaration. These elements constitute the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world, the UN said. The document does not say “the right to peace”. Slovenia will mark the day with a variety of events. The UN’s central ceremony will take place today at New York headquarters, where, later on, the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died on 18 August at the age of 80, will also be remembered with a special ceremony.