Slovenia ratifies Montenegro's NATO accession protocol

The Slovenian parliament ratified Montenegro's NATO accession protocol by a vast majority of votes on Wednesday.

The motion was carried by 73 votes in favour and three against. Montenegro's accession to NATO was backed by both the ruling coalition and the opposition, with the exception of the opposition United Left which is against all military alliances.

Slovenia is the second country to ratify Montenegro's NATO accession protocol after Iceland did so on Tuesday.

Addressing the parliament, Prime Minister Miro Cerar praised Montenegro for the "impressive" progress it had made since it became independent. He said that NATO's invitation to Montenegro to join the alliance showed that the alliance's door remained opened to new members and that it was an important factor of stability in the region.

Last update: Wed, 08/06/2016 - 20:46

More from Europe

Bulldozers converge on charred remains of Calais migrant camp

Smoke rose over the remains of the charred migrant camp near the northern port city of Calais on Thursday, as most...

Putin: "stupid" to think Russia is preparing attack on NATO state

Russia is not preparing to attack a NATO member state, as that is "just unthinkable, stupid and unrealistic,"...

Germany denies custody to refugee who put his baby up for sale online

A man who offered his 40-day-old baby girl for sale on the internet has been denied custody of his daughter and will...

Italy seizes 77 million euros of cocaine from ship coming from Brazil

Some 385 kilogrammes of "very pure" cocaine, with a market value of 77 million euros (85 million dollars), were...

Report: Survivors tell Italian police 51 migrants missing at sea

Fifty-one migrants are missing in the Mediterranean Sea, people who were travelling with them told Italian police...