The ceremony of the accession of Montenegro into NATO was held on Monday June 5th, in Washington.
During the event, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Shannon was handed a protocol on Montenegro’s joining the North Atlantic alliance.
The ceremony was attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic. Stoltenberg noted that the republic’s membership in the organization “is important for stability in the Balkans and international security.” According to him, Podgorica (the capital of Montenegro – RRT) has chosen its future, “its own path of freedom and peace.”
The country became the 29th member of the North Atlantic alliance. The flag of Montenegro will be raised for the first time at the organization’s headquarters on June 7th.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that in the light of the hostile attitude of Montenegrin authorities, the Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures on the basis of reciprocity. Moscow also expressed regret in connection with the continuing anti-Russian ‘hysteria’ in the republic, and reminded that in politics, as in physics, every action is followed by a counter-action.
On June 1st the authorities of Montenegro announced the ban on entry into the country for 149 citizens of Russia and Ukraine.
The day before it was reported that the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic, former Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic Party of Socialists Milo Djukanovic, Parliament Speaker Ivan Brajovic, and a number of other Montenegrin politicians were included in the Russian sanctions list.