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Lavrov: Nations That Hop Into Bed With NATO Have ‘Succumbed’ to Washington’s ‘Ultimatum’

Russia's Foreign Minister says Montenegro will have to live with the economic and political consequences of joining NATO

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Montenegro's plan to join NATO shows that the country has “succumbed to the ultimatum of either Russia or NATO”, according to reports

Lavrov also noted that Montenegro's decision jeopardizes economic and political cooperation with Russia.

<figcaption>Listen to Lavrov</figcaption>
Listen to Lavrov

According to Lavrov:

“Montenegro has succumbed to the ultimatum – either Russia or NATO and decided to ignore the economic aspect and to sacrifice relations with Russia. Let the Montenegrin and NATO leaders have this decision on their conscience."

Next week the U.S. Senate is expected to ratify Montenegro's bid to join NATO. 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described Montenegro's membership as "strongly in the interests of the United States."

For a better understanding of what Lavrov means by Washington's "ultimatum", read this recent landmark speech that he gave about the changing landscape in geopolitics.

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