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Jutarnji list - Croatia | Thursday, December 3, 2015

Accession crucial for West Balkans

Nato's accession invitation to Montenegro is an important step in stabilising the West Balkans, the liberal daily Jutarnji list believes: "Albania and Croatia are already in Nato. Nato troops are stationed in Kosovo, and Serbia is a member of the Partnership for Peace. After almost twenty years of Nato activity in the region - involving peace missions but also military interventions such as airstrikes on the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia - Montenegro's accession shows that the best alternative to a Nato presence in the region is simply having these nations join the alliance. This time too, Russia is calling Nato's invitation a provocation. ... But Montenegro lies far away from Russia, so the stationing of Nato ships or even missile systems there could hardly be assessed as a threat to Russia."

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