Montenegro’s Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic started his first official visit to Serbia laying a wreath at the memorial to the late Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in front of the Serbian government building on Tuesday.
Krivokapic is on a two-day visit to Serbia during which he will meet with his Serbian counterpart Ana Brnabic and President Aleksandar Vucic as well as non-residential Ambassadors to Montenegro based in Belgrade.
Relations between the two countries have been strained over the past two years, with official Belgrade citing protection of the Serb national minority in Montenegro and official Podgorica saying that the Serbian authorities were interfering in Montenegro’s internal affairs. Tensions were high over the rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, with the enthronement ceremony of the new Montenegro-Littoral Bishop in Cetinje the latest of a number of heated points of dispute.
The Montenegrin Prime Minister was met at Belgrade airport by Agriculture Minister Branislav Nedimovic who is also a deputy Prime Minister.
According to the released agenda of the visit, Krivokapic will discuss bilateral cooperation, the situation in the region and European integration with Serbian officials. He will not sign an agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church which has been pending for several months.
President Vucic commented the visit saying that Belgrade wants good relations with Podgorica but adding that he has no great expectations.