Croatia has supported Montenegro on its path to Euro-Atlantic associations from the very beginning and the Croatian parliament will be among the first to ratify the treaty on Montenegro's accession to NATO, Croatian Defence Minister Josip Buljevic said in Brussels on Wednesday.
"The alliance with Montenegro is a priority for Croatia. We have been supporting Montenegro from the start in all stages of its integration with Euro-Atlantic associations," Buljevic said while answering questions from Montenegrin reporters.
He was in Brussels to attend a meeting of defence ministers of NATO member-countries.
NATO foreign ministers in early December 2015 invited Montenegro to join the alliance as its 29th member.
Buljevic said that he expected the protocol on Montenegro's accession to NATO to be signed as early as April, after which the ratification process would start and last a year and a few months.
Buljevic added that Montenegro's membership in NATO could only help solve outstanding issues in relations with Croatia, which in his opinion are not particularly difficult.