Montenegro’s final stretch on the road to NATO

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Series Details 01.06.16
Publication Date 01/06/2016
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On 19th May 2016 at a meeting in Brussels, the foreign ministers of NATO signed an Accession Protocol with Montenegro. Once all the allies had ratified the Protocol, Montenegro was able to accede to the Washington Treaty. Montenegro’s armed forces have 2,100 soldiers and an officer corps which was trained in Yugoslavia (which was not part of the Warsaw Pact) and in NATO training centres (mainly in Germany and the US). Almost all their matériel comes from Yugoslavia or the West. Podgorica has been developing co-operation with NATO since 2006 when it became a member of the Partnership for Peace. Montenegrin troops are participating in the mission in Afghanistan and the EU’s Operation Atalanta. NATO’s decision was met with a negative reaction from representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Duma. Russia has threatened economic sanctions and was considering Montenegro as a potential target for attack. A section of the Montenegrin opposition – the New Serb Democracy (NOVA), the Democratic People’s Party (DNP) and the Socialist People’s Party of Montenegro (SNP) – were also opposed to Montenegro joining NATO. The combined support levels of these parties was below 18%.

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ESO: Background information: Montenegro: Towards full NATO membership
ESO: Background information: Montenegro becomes NATO’s 29th member

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