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Montenegro: Protesters set fire to NATO flag, decrying govt's decision to join alliance02:06

Montenegro: Protesters set fire to NATO flag, decrying govt's decision to join alliance

Montenegro, Cetinje
April 28, 2017 at 16:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

NATO’s flag was set ablaze, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside parliament in Cetinje, Friday, to protest against the decision of Montenegro's parliament to join the alliance of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations.

Protesters were seen holding banners reading “NATO killers, you have blood on your hands” and “Never with NATO murderers.” Gojko Raicevic, President of the Union for Neutrality, stated that those who signed the agreement “have been sending threatening messages to us for days. They don't only send threats to us, they send threats to Russia, to Lavrov, Shoigu and even Putin.”

Today Montenegro's parliament formally agreed to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) during a session in Cetinje. Opposition parties boycotted the session in an expression of discontent over the proposal.

In March this year, the US approved Montenegro's accession to NATO. The US was among one of the last NATO members to ratify Montenegro's accession, something that all 28 countries must do in order to guarantee the state's membership of the alliance.

Montenegro: Protesters set fire to NATO flag, decrying govt's decision to join alliance02:06
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NATO’s flag was set ablaze, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside parliament in Cetinje, Friday, to protest against the decision of Montenegro's parliament to join the alliance of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations.

Protesters were seen holding banners reading “NATO killers, you have blood on your hands” and “Never with NATO murderers.” Gojko Raicevic, President of the Union for Neutrality, stated that those who signed the agreement “have been sending threatening messages to us for days. They don't only send threats to us, they send threats to Russia, to Lavrov, Shoigu and even Putin.”

Today Montenegro's parliament formally agreed to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) during a session in Cetinje. Opposition parties boycotted the session in an expression of discontent over the proposal.

In March this year, the US approved Montenegro's accession to NATO. The US was among one of the last NATO members to ratify Montenegro's accession, something that all 28 countries must do in order to guarantee the state's membership of the alliance.

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