Montenegro’s NATO membership has been in the pipeline for years. But only in the past few months, since Montenegro adopted tough EU-led sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, has Russia raised concerns. Though the government in Podgorica has maintained that its move is in no way “expressing an anti-Russian mood”, Moscow called the final talks to join NATO an “openly confrontational step”. In truth, Montenegro’s NATO membership, as well as its EU accession, represents little more than a domestic political game, not progress for the country.
Montenegro has no strategic significance for Russia. The Kremlin has some leverage over Balkan political developments, …read more
Source: Europe’s World