In Interview, Trump Appears To Question NATO's 'Collective Defense' Clause

If Russia were to invade the tiny nation, the US would be required to come to Montenegro's defense, potentially sparking a massive global conflict.

A former president of Montenegro's parliament, Ranko Krivokapic, told the BBC "I hope Montenegro was not on the table in Helsinki", referring to Mr Trump's private meeting with Mr Putin on Monday. If critics of expansion point out that these new members add very little and may even end up costing the alliance down the road, proponents just shrug because they see no problem with taking on more dependents.

"For the record: Latvia joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation not because we are aggressive but because we feared aggression based on our own historic experience and we share common Western values like democracy, rule of law and human rights, no intent to start World War III", he said on Twitter.

In particular, the presenter spoke with trump about article 5 of the NATO Charter, which stipulates that an attack on a NATO member is an attack on all members. "It is important how much you appreciate the values of freedom, solidarity and democracy", the statement said. In a statement posted on its official website, the Montenegrin government says it is "proud" of the "history and tradition and peaceful politics that led to the position of a stabilising state in the region".

CARLSON: Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?

Since World War II, all US military conflicts have been fought under the authority or command of the United Nations, NATO, or the short-lived South East Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO). Trump can correctly say that he needs to shore up the security of NATO's East European allies because of the German government's sign-off on the pipeline. ME is six times as big as Montenegro and has had a partnership with the country since 2006.

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While past presidents have had hard foreign trips and been criticized for their summits with Soviet leaders, Trump's behaviour has few parallels, in the view of presidential historians and longtime Russian Federation watchers.

Even Republicans usually supportive of Trump, such as House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan were forced to spell out that Trump "must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", while those that are typically critics of the president like Republican Senator John McCain did not hold back.

The US President Donald trump has marked another controversial statement. "I will say this I don't see any reason why it would be". Markovic also took the high road regarding Trump's comments this week.

The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any worldwide dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that global peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their worldwide relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.

Montenegrin officials were quick to fire back that they don't intend to start any wars.

Carlson: "And I'm not against Montenegro". Trump tweeted. Three hours later the Russian Foreign Ministry replied: "We agree".

  • Sonia Alvarado