NATO formally invites Montenegro to join alliance, irking Russia – CNN

Montenegro already supports NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan and has actively cooperated with the alliance in other ways.

NATO expects Montenegro to make progress on reforms “especially in the area of rule of law.” During the accession talks, NATO says, it will engage Montenegro in alliance activities.

Membership in NATO is voluntary and open to European democracies willing and able to contribute to Western security, the alliance says.

Aside from Montenegro, three other countries are partnering with NATO and are interested in becoming members — Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. The latter two were, like Montenegro, once a part of the former Yugoslavia.

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