NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today in Belgrade that the decision on Montenegro’s membership in the military alliance is to be brought by Montenegro and the Alliance members, and that no one else had the right to interfere in that decision.
“Montenegro is a sovereign and independent country and as such, it has the right to decide its own way, including the security alliance that it wants to be part of,” Stoltenberg said after talks with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
Stoltenberg added that the 28 member states will decide at a meeting of foreign ministers on the 1st and 2nd of December, whether Montenegro will be invited for membership and that “no third country has no right to try to intervene in this process.”
Russia on Thursday urged Montenegro to review the decision on membership, finding that her admission to NATO was “hasty” and that it would “seriously undermine the traditionally friendly relations” between the two countries, and that it would question the “complete work on the formation of an all-European security architecture “.
“Any interference of Russia could lead to the strengthening of readiness to invite Montenegro to become a member of NATO,” Stoltenberg said.
Pointing out that the basic principles of the Union is to respect the decisions of individual sovereign states, Stoltenberg said that NATO appreciates if a country does not want to be a member of the alliance.
“No country has been forced to become a member of NATO,” Stoltenberg said.
Izvor: RTV Montenegro