FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 file photo, Montenegrin police officers escort a man suspected of planning armed attacks after the parliamentary vote, in Podgorica, Montenegro. A key witness in the trial of 14 suspected plotters to topple Montenegro'
MOSCOW- 1 November 2017: Russia will not hand over to Montenegro the person wanted by the Balkan nation as a suspect in a coup attempt, the RIA news agency cited the Russian prosecutor general's office as saying on Wednesday.
Montenegro says a group of Serb and Russian nationalists had a plan to attack state institutions on the day of an election last year and kill then-Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who held the post for a total of 21 years. The Kremlin has dismissed the accusation as absurd.
The Russian prosecutor-general's office said it had refused to hand over to Montenegro the person, who it identified as Ananie Nikic, because he had earlier been given refugee status by Moscow.