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  Montenegro to join NATO
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 02, 2015 09:04am
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AuthorVince Chadwick and Hans Von Der Burchard
News DateWednesday, December 2, 2015 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNATO foreign ministers gave the green light for Montenegro’s accession to the military alliance Wednesday, despite opposition from Russia, which considers the enlargement a “provocation.”

The integration of the 29th country into NATO is a “historic achievement,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels. “Successive rounds of enlargement have enhanced our security.”

Russian officials say the move is “irresponsible” and part of western efforts to “contain” Russia.

The tiny state of 650,000 people, which was bombed by NATO in spring 1999, has become a test case of the alliance’s willingness to accept new members.

“NATO’s door remains open [and] we support sovereign states to make their own choices,” Stoltenberg said, naming Bosnia-Herzegovina and Georgia as potential candidates for further enlargement.

Montenegro’s parliament has already voted to join, and the government reformed the armed forces to boost the chances of admission.
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