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NATO invites Montenegro to join alliance amidst Russia’s opposition

The announcement sets in motion an accession process that will continue over months before Montenegro formally becomes the 29th member of the alliance.

By: AP | Brussels |
December 2, 2015 5:03:26 pm
nato, montenegro, nato montenegro, montenegro nato, nato expansion, john kerry, usa, russia, putin, vladimit purin, world news NATO foreign ministers gather for the session to formally admit Montenegro at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. (Source: AP)

NATO member states have formally invited the tiny Adriatic nation of Montenegro to join the alliance in the face of Russian opposition.

Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced the invitation on Wednesday, the second day of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

The announcement sets in motion an accession process that will continue over months before Montenegro formally becomes the 29th member of the alliance — its first expansion since fellow Balkan countries Albania and Croatia were admitted in 2009.

Russia has repeated its opposition to the accession of Montenegro, a favored getaway spot and investment site for some Russians.

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