Slovenian Ambassador to NATO Jelko Kacin has said that Montenegro's NATO accession talks could last between one and three months, after which the ratification of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of Montenegro could be launched as the next and final stage of integration.
"The negotiations will last three months at the most. Let us see how this will progress. Based on the results of those negotiations, we shall approach the signing of the accession protocol and immediately after that its ratification in the parliaments of NATO member states," Kacin told the Podgorica-based Pobjeda daily of Tuesday.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the beginning of formal negotiations on Montenegro's NATO admission for mid-February, and Kacin said this was a sign that Podgorica was ready for membership talks.
This means that Montenegro will be invited to the NATO summit to be held in Warsaw, after which the member states will start the ratification of the accession protocol as the final stage of the integration process, Kacin said.