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    NATO Spokeswoman said that member states accepted Podgorica’s bid to join the alliance and invited the country to start accession negotiations.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) NATO member states accepted Podgorica’s bid to join the alliance and invited the country to start accession negotiations, NATO Spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Wednesday.

    "Alliance invites Montenegro to start accession talks to become member of NATO," Lungescu wrote in her official Twitter account.

    NATO-member foreign ministers made a decision on Montenegro joining the alliance following two-day talks in Brussels.

    In September, the United States announced that it was prepared to extend an invitation to Montenegro to join the bloc in December. The announcement triggered a wave of protests in the Balkan country.


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