Montenegro: Nato’s newest and last member?

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36311644

Nato will celebrate the arrival of its latest member, the small Balkan state of Montenegro, as a sure sign of the alliance’s continuing relevance at a time of renewed tensions in Europe.

The decision to admit Montenegro must next be ratified in each of the alliance’s national capitals – but the basic decision has been taken.

Montenegro’s contribution to the alliance’s defences will, in fairness, be limited.

It has a tiny population and an active-duty military of only a little more than 2,000 members.

But, as Nato says: “Montenegro has provided troops for the training mission in Afghanistan and financial support to the Afghan security forces.”

“Montenegro, also plays a constructive role in the Western Balkans region.”

This points to another aspect of Montenegro’s perceived value as a Nato member.

After the bitter Balkan wars, Nato is slowly bringing the new democracies of the region into its fold; a means of spreading a security blanket across Europe’s once fractious south-eastern flank.

Nato’s expansion since the end of the Cold War has been dramatic.

As a journalist covering defence matters during the late 1980s, I used to receive a regular copy of a journal called Nato’s Sixteen Nations.

Once the Berlin Wall came down and Nato’s doors were opened, it had to change its name with the arrival of each new member, and then it gave up.

Today, with Montenegro, there will be 29 Nato members in all.

Two countries, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina have been offered what Nato calls membership action plans, a kind of waiting-room for membership.

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“The decision to admit Montenegro must next be ratified in each of the alliance’s national capitals – but the basic decision has been taken.”

purely symbolic..

“Today, with Montenegro, there will be 29 Nato members in all.”

keeps growing..

“After the bitter Balkan wars, Nato is slowly bringing the new democracies of the region into its fold; a means of spreading a security blanket across Europe’s once fractious south-eastern flank.”

security blanket..please..

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~ by seeker401 on May 25, 2016.

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