NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance will not have military bases in Montenegro – unless it is invited by Podgorica.
Montenegro’s state broadcaster RTCG reported this on Tuesday, adding that Stoltenberg in this way responded to journalists in Brussels, who asked him to comment on the opposition Democratic Front’s claim that the alliance plans to install its bases in Montenegro.
“There will be no NATO activities without the consent of the Montenegrin government. NATO is only where it is welcomed by that country. There are no plans for a NATO base until we are invited,” he stressed.
Earlier, one of Democratic Front’s leaders, Milan Knezevic, said that NATO would very soon build two military bases in Montenegro.
“These plans will be realized over the next two years, by 2019. It’s highly likely that one base will on on the coast, and the other in the mountains,” Knezevic told Russia’s Izvestia newspaper.