Uncategorized NATO membership invitation to Montenegro risks fuelling tension

NATO membership invitation to Montenegro risks fuelling tension

L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic attend a NATO foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 19, 2016.
L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic attend a NATO foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 19, 2016.

The Kremlin on Friday condemned NATO’s membership invitation to Montenegro, saying the step risked fuelling geopolitical tensions in Europe.

“In general, our stance is that NATO’s further expansion is a negative process,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters. “This process yields nothing from the point of view of European security.”

“On the contrary, this process risks further increasing tensions on the continent.”

NATO formally invited Montenegro to become its 29th member on Thursday, a decision that must still be approved by the U.S. Senate, as well as the military alliance’s other 27 parliaments and Montenegro’s own parliament.