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Milo Đukanović met with Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels

Milo Đukanović

President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, met with the Secretary General of NATO Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, in Brussels today. Đukanović said that Montenegro “is ready to defend its right to choose its own path for the future in a sovereign way”, and Stoltenberg said that NATO could always count on Montenegro, as their reliable partner.

“I invite NATO to keep giving contribution to what will turn out to be the only reliable formula of the stability of WB region. We are aware that there are third interested parties. We are ready to stoutly defend our right to choose our own future path, to fully implement European system of values, not only in our state, but also in the states of the region”, said the President.

Đukanović said that Montenegro “believes in NATO acquis and tries hard to promote them”.

“As a Member State, we assume responsibilities. We respect the dynamic plan of taking on equal burden of responsibility in financing NATO. Thanks to the dynamic GDP growth, we will be able to assume our responsibilities in the future too. Number of our representatives in NATO missions is getting bigger and bigger”, said Mr. Đukanović.

Stoltenberg has said that Montenegro is a very important member of the Alliance. He welcomed its decision on increasing costs for the purposes of defense. He also said that Đukanović “is an ardent advocate of NATO open door policy”. He thankedMontenegro for promoting stability at the Western Balkans and president Đukanović for the contribution of Montenegro to the Alliance.

Secretary General of NATO Alliance added he was looking forward to his arrival to London at the end of this year, at the meeting of the allied leaders.

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