Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Montenegro Says it Embraces Peace and Stability

Montenegro Says it Embraces Peace and Stability

Trump, in an interview with Fox News's Tucker Carlson, was asked by host Carlson that why his son should "go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?"

Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked the USA president about the country of 620,000.

Trump responded: "I've asked the same question. They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you're in World War III".

"The United States will work to further strengthen our already strong relationship with Montenegro and looks forward to formally welcoming the country as the twenty-ninth member of the NATO Alliance", the White House said in a statement back then.

"We have no intentions whatsoever to start World War III, we are too small for that", the country's foreign minister, Srdjan Darmanovic, told CNN in an exclusive interview. "So, let's say Montenegro, which joined [NATO] a year ago, is attacked, why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?".

Montenegro is a small country with very strong people. They have very aggressive people.

"I don't know what to say, I think this is really stupid", another local told CNN.

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In particular, the presenter spoke with trump about article 5 of the NATO Charter, which stipulates that an attack on a NATO member is an attack on all members.

After the USA president's outburst, here is some background about country with a reputation for tourism more than aggression. Trump should take up Warsaw on this offer. The article has been invoked only once, following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

There was a huge backlash in the U.S. because even Trump's own supporters were dismayed to see him value the Russian dictator's words more highly than those of American intelligence professionals.

This is technically true - only four of the 29 countries are exceeding NATO's current guideline for what they should be contributing to the organisation, which is two per cent of each country's gross domestic product (GDP).

The meeting would reinforce and strengthen the defence alliance between Australia and the United States, she said.

In a vacuum, Trump's comments about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Montenegro might be written off as little more than a dealmaker trying to extract concessions - Trump wants member states to contribute more of their GDP to defense spending, after all. "We have discussed this at length. there must be more burden-sharing when it comes to defending worldwide rules-based order, when it comes to enforcing the rules and norms, and when it comes to promoting and advocating peace and stability around the world". Again, it appears that the destruction of kinship with Serbia and the traditional friendship with Russian Federation - which once led Montenegro to declare war on Japan in solidarity with Czar Nicholas II in 1904 - simply doesn't count.

Since joining the alliance, Montenegro has sent troops to a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

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