Comment by the Information and Press Department on the vote in Skupstina on Montenegro’s accession to NATO
In connection with the vote in parliament on April 28 approving Montenegro’s accession to NATO, it is with deep regret that we must acknowledge that the country’s current leadership and its Western sponsors ultimately failed to heed the voice of reason and conscience. The adoption of fundamental acts, affecting core issues of national security, with a bare majority of individual MPs cobbled together in defiance of the opinion of the people of the country openly flouts all democratic norms and principles.
Those who voted in Skupstina to support NATO accession, citing the alleged Russian threat as a pretext, will bear responsibility for the consequences of plans implemented by external forces seeking to deepen the existing dividing lines in Europe and the Balkans and fracture the foundations of the deep-rooted historical traditions of friendship of the Montenegrins with the Serbs and the Russians. The shameful episodes of NATO’s illegal bombing of Yugoslavia, which caused casualties among Montenegrins as well, including children, were hypocritically interpreted in such a way as to suggest that Serbia was to blame because it confronted the alliance. The will of almost half of the country’s population, who oppose such NATO-oriented foreign policy priorities, was ignored. How utterly cynical one has to be to declare that there is no need to ask the opinion of the people for such a decision, as Montenegro’s President Filip Vujanovic said a few days ago.
Given Montenegro’s capabilities, it will hardly be a significant “added value” for the North Atlantic alliance. Even so, Moscow cannot disregard the strategic consequences of this move. Therefore, faced with this situation, we reserve the right to take decisions to safeguard our interests and national security.