1. Stoltenberg can say what he likes and, yes, maybe Russia does not have any veto rights on this issue but Stoltenberg has not learned from History.
    In the days of Yeltsin the USA, NATO and the EU asked Russia and the Ukraine to destroy most of its nuclear arsenal. The Russians as well as the Ukrainians conformed on the condition that NATO would not seek enlargement. Both sides agreed.
    What happens next is that some baltic states became NATO members and the Ukraine was being 'groomed' by the west. Russia had always distrusted NATO and now that NATO broke its word Russia responded with invasions into the Krim, The east of the Ukraine. Maybe Moldova is next, who knows. The purpose of this excercise is to destabalise entire regions bordering with Russia. This is the only guarantee Russia has that these nations will not become NATO members any time soon.
    Montenegro is not bordering Russia and will not form in any way an existential threat to Russia but Russia will still see this move as a provocation. And we all know how Russia acts towards provocation.
    Stoltenberg may think otherwise but, again, this is not a smart move by NATO. We'll see, but the consequenses can be dire.
    (T, 2 March 2015 11:42)

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  2. "Russian Duma MP, Mikhail Degtyarev threatened Montenegro with Russian missiles, if the country joins NATO. Podgorica portal, IN4S, reported a statement of the MP that Montenegro would be “a legitimate target of Russian missiles”, if it would join NATO”."

    (LK, 27 February 2015 21:28)

    That's not a thread, but a fact, since Russian missiles are all directed to NATO countries. But it's cleat that Russia doesn't dare to attack a NATO country, that was the problem with Ukraine where Russian could occupy a sovereign country and annex part of its territory. If Ukraine would have been a NATO member, other states NATO states would have been obliged to send military support. That's why, for example, the Baltic countries are safe from Russian invasion, while Moldova is not
    (Comm. Parrisson, 2 March 2015 10:41)

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  3. Stoltenberg, would you like to make a bet on that? Just put your money where your mouth is and stop boring everyone.

    NATO lost in Afghanistan and it now thinks its still a power. Well if that is the case, why don't you try and stop Russia in Ukraine.
    Western wind bagging is a disease that spread through the air over the Atlantic.
    (sj, 2 March 2015 09:01)

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  4. NATO"Will not accept Russia's veto on Montenegro membership in the alliance"I hope you Mr.Stottenberg and your NATO accept veto of Montenegro's people.It was not long ago NATO bombed that small country of 650,000.people claiming it represened THREAT TO NATO ALLIANCE.Who in the World would need membership in the alliance like that?Just to refresh your memory Mr.Stottenbrg largest ethnic composition of that country are Serbs.Are you going to bomb them now to join NATO?
    (Lukebuyenovich, 28 February 2015 03:11)

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  5. So threatening Montenegro with missiles didn't work?

    "Russian Duma MP, Mikhail Degtyarev threatened Montenegro with Russian missiles, if the country joins NATO. Podgorica portal, IN4S, reported a statement of the MP that Montenegro would be “a legitimate target of Russian missiles”, if it would join NATO”."

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    (LK, 27 February 2015 21:28)

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  6. Did Russia say they wanted to veto it anyway?!
    (Willian, 27 February 2015 21:24)

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  7. "Some allies can present their arguments against the alliance's enlargement, but Russia is a third country and has no possibility to intervene in the debates," Stoltenberg was quoted as saying by the Italian agency Nova.

    Yes, it's unlikely that Russian soldiers will take a 'visit' Montenegro, the trip is too far for some 'holidays', especially when traveling in Russian tanks generously offered by the Russian army.
    (Comm. Parrisson, 27 February 2015 17:35)

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