NATO Knows That People of Montenegro Oppose Membership – Socialist Party

© AP Photo / Risto BozovicMontenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, right, speaks and gestures after talks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in Podgorica, Montenegro, Thursday, June 11, 2015
Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, right, speaks and gestures after talks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in Podgorica, Montenegro, Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Spokeswoman of Socialist People's Party of Montenegro said that NATO is artificially fueling speculations about Montenegro’s accession to the alliance despite the local population's opposition to such a move.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov NATO is artificially fueling speculations about Montenegro’s accession to the alliance despite the local population's opposition to such a move, a spokeswoman of Socialist People's Party of Montenegro told Sputnik on Thursday.

Last week, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO will decide on whether to expand the military alliance to include Montenegro in December.

“The fact is that the story of NATO is a forced topic in Montenegro. All the relevant public opinion polls confirm it, because citizens do not list this issue in their top-ten priorities, or even in the top-twenty,” media pool told Sputnik.

According to the spokeswoman, NATO is aware that an indisputable majority in Montenegro does not want the country to become a full-fledged member of the alliance, but NATO is guided by its political interests and not by the will of local residents.

“It is a political project, not in the real interests of the citizens of Montenegro. Citizens are interested in jobs, higher wages, better health care and education system, the rule of law, and not whether or when Montenegro will be invited to join NATO,” media pool pointed out.

In early June, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the meeting with the country’s prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, that Montenegro's accession to NATO would be a win-win situation for both sides.

NATO has been actively expanding since the dissolution of the USSR. The alliance has admitted three Baltic countries and almost all countries in the former Eastern Bloc.

Russia has repeatedly stressed that NATO's military expansion toward Russia's borders escalates tensions and undermines regional security.

Montenegro’s population stands to lose from the country’s accession to NATO, a spokeswoman of the Socialist People's Party of Montenegro said.

Last week, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO will decide on whether to expand the military alliance to include Montenegro in December.

“If the order to hold a serious discussion, an adequate study of the benefits and damage of possible full membership of NATO should be drawn up, it would be clear that Montenegro, as a country, and we, as its citizens, are losing a lot,” media pool said.

According to the spokeswoman, the Socialist People's Party will do its best to ensure that Montenegro stays out of the military alliance.

In early June, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a meeting with the country’s prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, that Montenegro's accession to NATO would be a win-win situation for both sides.

NATO has been actively expanding since the dissolution of the USSR. The alliance has admitted three Baltic countries and almost all countries in the former Eastern Bloc.

Russia has repeatedly stressed that NATO's military expansion toward Russia's borders escalates tensions and undermines regional security.

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