The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will ask Montenegro to become the alliance’s 29th member at its next meeting, Germany’s Die Welt newspaper reported on Saturday, citing NATO officials it didn’t identify.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday in Belgrade that the group will decide on the Balkan country’s membership at its meeting over the first two days of December. Montenegro continues to seek membership despite protests, and Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Oct. 26 that he was sure it will be invited to join in December.
Russia told several NATO states that Montenegro’s membership could burden relations between the alliance and Russia, Die Welt said. The country’s "interference” may strengthen Montenegro’s NATO bid, Stoltenberg said in Belgrade.