In Montenegro, parliament has ratified the country’s accession to Nato, despite strong domestic opposition and Russian disapproval. The vote in favour – by 46 out of 81 MPs – paves the way for Montenegro to join Nato late next month. All but two of Nato’s 28 members have ratified the accord.
Russia long regarded Montenegro and neighbouring Serbia as allies. It has now banned Montenegrin wine and said it might move to defend Russian interests. The Russian foreign ministry said Montenegro’s leadership and its Western backers had ignored the voice of reason and conscience. Montenegro’s Prime Minister, Dusko Markovic, dismissed Russia’s wine import ban as politically motivated. Russia cited sanitary concerns.