Spiting Russia, Montenegro gets pro-Nato government

On Monday, Montenegro’s parliament approved a new cabinet led by a former intelligence chief who vowed to pursue the tiny Balkan nation’s EU and NATO membership bids.

Dusko Markovic’s new government was approved by a narrow 41 votes in the 81-seat parliament. The prime minister gained the support of his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), Social Democrats and small ethnic parties, but the opposition boycotted the vote.

Markovic, a close ally to outgoing prime minister Milo Djukanovic, pledged to bring the country into NATO by next year.

“The cabinet that you will vote for today will take us to NATO,” Markovic told parliament. “Full membership will provide the level of security we haven’t had in the past.

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