Jens Stoltenberg met with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic

The Croatian PM said the talks also focused on the region and NATO enlargement plans and that one of the next countries to join the alliance could be Montenegro.

“Croatia is interested in seeing that happen, because it is a neighbouring and Adriatic country and we are interested in stability in this part of Europe,” Milanovic said.

Stoltenberg said NATO enlargement was one of the key issues, adding that the alliance would decide whether to extend an invitation for membership to Montenegro by the end of this year.

This is part of the policy NATO has been implementing for years in this region, as it wants to strengthen itself and guarantee peace and stability to the benefit of all, Stoltenberg said expressing satisfaction with the fact that he was visiting Croatia for the first time as NATO Secretary General, although he had often visited Zagreb during his childhood and later as Norwegian Prime Minister.

There is a security problem in the East as well, where the aggressive Russia is changing borders by force, annexing Crimea and destabilising eastern Ukraine, Stoltenberg told a news conference which he held together with Milanovic.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro