NATO Needs Montenegro's 'Strategic Geography' – Canada OSCE PA Delegate

© AP Photo / JANEK SKARZYNSKINATO troops make a massive amphibious landing off the coast of Ustka, northern Poland, during NATO military sea exercises BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) 2015 in the Baltic Sea
NATO troops make a massive amphibious landing off the coast of Ustka, northern Poland, during NATO military sea exercises BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) 2015 in the Baltic Sea - Sputnik International
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NATO needs Montenegro to use the Balkan state's strategic position for its own benefit, the head of the Canadian delegation to the OSCE PA told Sputnik.

TBILISI (Sputnik) — Montenegro's NATO admission is beneficial because of the country's geopolitical position and its strategic geography, the head of the Canadian delegation to the OSCE PA told Sputnik Friday.

"I really think that in many instances contribution of countries that coming as allies not so much because of the numbers they contribute but because of their geopolitical position, their strategic geography that makes them feel they need to be a part of some things that is a protective force," Hedy Fry said.

On December 2, 2015, NATO invited Montenegro to join the military bloc, in its first expansion into Eastern Europe in six years. Podgorica accepted the invitation the following day, which triggered protests in the Balkan nation.

For Montenegro to become a full-fledged alliance member, all 28 NATO countries must ratify the founding treaty to include the new country.

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