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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Orthodox Easter service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia April 8, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's ties with Montenegro do not match up to the long tradition of friendship between the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a Kremlin ceremony where new foreign ambassadors to Moscow presented their credentials, Putin told the envoy from Montenegro: "The current state of affairs in Russia-Montenegro relations clearly does not correspond to the centuries-old traditions of brotherly friendship and spiritual affinity between our peoples."

"Russia is in favour of developing links with Montenegro on a mutually beneficial basis," Putin said.

Russia was angered by Montenegro's accession last year to the NATO military alliance.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alison Williams)

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