NATO appreciates the efforts that Montenegro has made to meet the criteria for Alliance membership but strengthening the rule of law and security sector reform should be its priorities before it becomes a full member, NATO’s chief said on Wednesday.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO Secretary General, is coming to Podgorica on Wednesday on a two-day official visit to discuss Montenegro's aspiration to become full member of the Atlantic Alliance.
Ahead of NATO’s September summit in Wales, the government is confident that the Alliance is close to admitting it to membership.
Russia's Foreign Ministry on Monday expressed “deep disappointment” about Milo Djukanovic's recent "hostile statements at the expense of Russia".
"Montenegro has achieved progress in pursuing reforms and standards within the integration processes, particularly in the field of security, rule of law and strengthening of the public support for NATO integration," Biden said on Tuesday after meeting Montenegro's Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic.
Montenegro's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Igor Luksic, said Montenegro had no option but to join NATO, if only for reasons of cost.
Maintaining military neutrality would involve building a defence system that would be more expensive for Montenegro than joining NATO, he said on Thursday.