Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Montenegro Angers Russia by Joining NATO; Russia Plans to Retaliate against Montenegro

Montenegro -- a Balkan nation that had formerly been a state in the now-defunct Yugoslavia -- yesterday became the 29th member of the NATO military alliance at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., the Military Times website reports today (June 6, 2017).

Montenegro's decision to join NATO has enraged Russia, which sought to maintain a strong historic, political, and religious influence in its fellow Slavic, Eastern Orthodox Christian country it considers a special zone of interest.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said yesterday "Russia reserves the right to take counter-measures on the basics of reciprocity amid the Montenegrin authorities' hostile stance."

Bringing Montenegro into NATO further diminishes Russia's influence in southeast Europe, and hinders its ability to carry out aggression in the Middle East.

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