As the embassy announced on its Twitter account, ambassador Boris Ruge informed the State Department that Germany’s instrument of acceptance regarding Montenegro’s accession to NATO was deposited.
Earlier, the instruments of ratification were deposited by Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
After Germany submitted its ratification instrument, only Spain and the Netherlands remained to do so.
The State Department informed Montenegrin Embassy in Washington that the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands had deposited a copy of its acceptance instrument and that submitting the original document could be expected by the beginning of next week.
After all the member states submit their ratifications to the State Department, Montenegro will submit its ratification, once the Law on Ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty enters into force. The law was passed in the Parliament on Friday.
After that, NATO Secretary General will invite Montenegro to submit its ratification instrument to the US State Department.
As national NATO coordinator Dragan Pejanovic explained, the date when the State Department receives Montenegro’s instrument of the treaty ratification is the date when Montenegro will formally became a member of NATO.