Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another NATO Newbie It's a Long Way Tomontenegro

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another NATO Newbie It's a Long Way Tomontenegro

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The invitation of NATO to Montenegro to join the military alliance, making it the 29th member, probably makes little more sense for the United States than to put U.S. forces in Libya and Yemen.

Montenegro has a population of 600,000. It became independent in 2006. Its armed forces number 2,000. It has put a token number in Afghanistan. Montenegro borders on Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and the Adriatic Sea, making it of virtually no strategic importance.

Its membership in NATO has been promoted by Germany, Romania, Turkey and the United States, as much to annoy Russia as for any other reason. Montenegro is a former Yugoslav republic. Yugoslavia at one time was loosely allied with the old Soviet Union, part of the basis of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's having characterized the NATO action as "irresponsible. …

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