PODGORITSA (QHA) -

Montenegro has officially become the 29th member of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) on June 5, the Foreign Brief reported.

The ceremony of raising the flag of the country will take place in Brussels on June 7. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, along with US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, will attend the transfer of the instrument of accession to the US State Department in the presence of the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic.

It is also known that President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic will hold a press conference together with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Reportedly, Montenegro has been allocated the smallest annual military budget among NATO member countries - $ 60 million. The message says:

"This amount will not change the situation for the Alliance, but it can have serious consequences for the country itself.”

Notably, Russian Federation acted against the introduction of Montenegro into the NATO. Moreover, the Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced open intervention of Russia in the country's policy.

Earlier, QHA reported that the authorities of Montenegro banned the entry of 149 Russian citizens who are involved in the conflict in the East of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea.

Earlier, Russia blacklisted, in particular, the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic, the Speaker of Parliament Ivan Brijovic, members of the government and the leadership of the ruling party.

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