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Montenegro to Russia: 'Keep your hands off' our NATO bid

  • In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, two senior opposition leaders Andrija Mandic, left, and Milan Knezevic attend a press conference in Podgorica, Montenegro. Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 that those who want to destabilize the country by meddling into its affairs "should keep their hands off Montenegro." (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

    In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, two senior opposition leaders Andrija Mandic, left, and Milan Knezevic attend a press conference in Podgorica, Montenegro. Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 that those who want to destabilize the country by meddling into its affairs "should keep their hands off Montenegro." (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 photo, Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic speaks during a press conference after talks with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbia Palace in Belgrade, Serbia. Markovic said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 that those who want to destabilize the country by meddling into its affairs "should keep their hands off Montenegro." (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 photo, Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic speaks during a press conference after talks with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbia Palace in Belgrade, Serbia. Markovic said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 that those who want to destabilize the country by meddling into its affairs "should keep their hands off Montenegro." (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

Montenegro's prime minister has told Russia and its allies in the tiny Balkan state to stop opposing its NATO bid.

Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said Tuesday that those who want to destabilize the country by meddling into its affairs "should keep their hands off Montenegro."

Markovic spoke after opposition pro-Russian parties denounced a call by Montenegro's special prosecutor urging the national assembly to lift the immunity of two senior opposition leaders allegedly involved in a pro-Russian plot to overthrow the government over its NATO bid.

The parliament votes on the immunity Wednesday.

Some 20 people — including two Russian citizens — have been suspected of participating in the October plot that allegedly included plans to kill a then-prime minister and take over power to prevent Montenegro from joining NATO.