Russia is pouring money into Montenegro's election campaign in an attempt to derail the nation's advance towards joining NATO, the nation's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Thursday, three days ahead of an election.
Djukanovic, who has driven the little Balkan nation as president or prime minister for over 25 years, is confronting his hardest ever constituent test from resistance parties that blame him for cronyism and of regarding Montenegro as an individual fiefdom.
In a meeting with Reuters, he said oppositions parties were being financed by Moscow, which saw Sunday's parliamentary vote as a last chance to stop the Balkan area's race to incorporate with the European Union and the Atlantic union.
"Russia has connected with a serious budgetary potential, which is I expect, made conceivable through its oligarchs and funelled through mystery channels through Serbia and Republika Srpska," Djukanovic said, alluding to the Serbian piece of Bosnia, Montenegro's northern neighbor.
"Conventional resistance, professional Serb gatherings are presently advocates of Russian interests in the Balkans," he included.
"These decisions are the last shot for adversaries of Montenegro and the Balkans embracing European qualities," he said.
Russia and resistance parties have denied affirmations that Moscow has mediated in the decision battle, however Russia's remote clergyman has named as "untrustworthy" NATO's arranged confirmation of Montenegro.
Sunday's vote pits Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists against two noteworthy resistance unions, containing a blend of expert Serb and professional Western gatherings.
They blame Djukanovic for utilizing alarm strategies to stay as a part of force.
"He names each rival a threat to Montenegro and its state advantages," Nebojsa Medojevic, a senior figure in the resistance Democratic Front organization together, said on Thursday.
He additionally blamed Djukanovic for being the one most firmly adjusted to Moscow's interests.
"Russian interests and impact entered Montenegro amid Djukanovic's (run the show). In 2005, Djukanovic discussed intimately with Russian authority legislative issues, casual focuses of force, the Russian mafia and insight structures," Medojevic said.
He promised to consider Djukanovic responsible for affirmed defilement in the event that he took control.
The Adriatic republic of 620,000 individuals has solid monetary and conventional ties with Russia, another overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian nation. Be that as it may, Djukanovic said Montenegro needed to look westwards.
"The strength of the Western Balkans and (European) mix go as an inseparable unit," he said.
The European Union and the US see nearer reconciliation with Europe's political and financial partnerships as the most ideal method for keeping up peace in an area, which was destroyed by war in the 1990s when Yugoslavia separated into seven successor states.
Croatia and Slovenia have effectively joined NATO and the EU, while Serbia and Bosnia are both seeking after EU enrollment.
NATO participation is a touchy issue in Montenegro, which was besieged by NATO in 1999 when it and Serbia were all that stayed of Yugoslavia. In any case, it is nearing the end of the increase procedure. Ten nations have effectively sanctioned its increase arrangement.