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Cold war with Serbia (1997-2000)

Yugoslav Army roadblock in Montenegro in 1999 Milo Djukanovic and Madeleine Albright
Yugoslav Army roadblock in Montenegro in 1999 Djukanovic with US Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright in 2000

From that moment Milosevic excluded the Montenegrin government from all meaningful participation in the institutions of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).

In April 1998, Milosevic appointed Djukanovic's defeated rival, Momir Bulatovic, federal prime minister of the common state. In May 1998, Belgrade did not allow newly elected Montenegrin deputies of the FRY Chamber of Republics to take up their seats. In February 2000 Serbia banned the trade of agricultural produce with Montenegro. One month later it extended the trade blockade to all goods except aluminium and steel.

On 6 July 2000, Milosevic changed the constitution of the FRY to exclude the Montenegrin government from all federal decision making. Podgorica rejected these changes. The institutions of the FRY ceased to function.

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