BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said Thursday he hoped that the alpine nation would become a full NATO member next year.
"We know that this is not the end of our efforts," Djukanovic said at a press conference. "We will create conditions for the member states to ratify the accession protocol…We believe it will be possible to do that in the following year."
In his turn, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that Montenegro already contributed to the bloc’s operations, promoting cooperation in the Balkans and implementing major reforms. He added that a full membership would give Montenegro the ability to help shape NATO policy.