Thousands rally against Montenegro's NATO membership

Several thousand supporters of pro-Russian opposition parties protested Saturday against Montenegro’s NATO membership, demanding a referendum over the issue. “If the referendum is avoided and there is a bid to fraudulently pass the decision (on NATO membership) in parliament, Montenegro will be brought to the verge of a (civic) conflict,” Andrija Madic, the leader of pro-Russian opposition New Serb Democratic Party, told the crowd. On December 2 NATO invited Montenegro to become its 29th member, defying Russia’s opposition to what Moscow branded a threat to its security.

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