NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Norway on Monday that Montenegro's accession to NATO had nothing to do with Russia and that Montenegro, as an independent country, defined its own path, the media in Podgorica said on Tuesday.
It is the basic right of every independent country to choose its path, including the security agreements it wants to be involved in, so this is a matter between Montenegro and NATO's 28 member states, Stoltenberg was quoted as saying.
According to the media, he said he believed that the parliaments of all 28 member states would ratify Montenegro's NATO accession protocol, which is one of the last steps before formally joining. The protocol has been ratified by the parliaments of Iceland, Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia. Albania has announced it will do so on Thursday.
It was also announced in Podgorica that the US Congress would ratify the protocol before the US presidential election.