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Stoltenberg: Montenegro represents the Balkans’ greatest exporter of stability

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; Photo: NATO

BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Montenegro’s NATO membership should contribute to consolidation of security and stability in the Balkans.

In an interview with Dnevne Novine, Stoltenberg adds NATO has been grateful to Montenegro for its concrete and significant contributions, thus welcoming the Montenegrin government’s decision to pay out 2% of its GDP on defense and security by 2024.

Even before joining NATO, Montenegro had provided significant contribution to Euro-Atlantic security. In October-November 2016, Montenegro hosted the largest-ever NATO military exercise and it effectively engaged itself in promoting scientific cooperation within NATO Peace and Stability Programme”, reminded NATO’s Secretary-General.

According to Stoltenberg, Montenegro continues to be a reliable partner as a full member of the Alliance.

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