Tuesday, January 17

Montenegro: The White House and Pentagon (Obama) support the Balkans States gaining membership but the Senate has yet to approve it and Donald Trump will oppose it as new U.S. President

The implications of Montenegro joining Nato – or its membership stalling, particularly in the US – are likely to be felt in eastern European nations closer to Russia’s frontiers that might also seek alliance membership, Brown indicated.

“If this can be completed before the end of the administration, it will send a strong signal to those countries pushing to be Nato members that Nato maintains an open-door policy. If you commit to the work needs to be done, Nato is open to you,” she said.

“This is the path [Montenegro] decided to take, and Russia needs to accept it and then move on.”