US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve Montenegro as 29th member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) by 97-2 vote.
So far, 25 other NATO members have ratified Montenegro’s accession, a country of 620,000 people seen as a geostrategic ally. The Spain and Netherlands have yet to do so.
About North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- The NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty signed in April 1949. It consists of 28 independent member countries across North America and Europe.
- It is based on a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.
- NATO’s headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium. Its headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Mons.
- The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global defence spending.