Montenegro defends itself after Trump calls tiny nation 'aggressive'

Montenegro defends itself after Trump calls tiny nation 'aggressive'

The issue surfaced when Trump again criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during an interview with Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson when asked why his son should have to defend Montenegro if it is attacked.

NATO's Article 5 holds that an attack on one country in the alliance, now at 29 members, is an attack on all.

"Let's say Montenegro, which joined a year ago ... why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?".

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Trump added to the uproar over his summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he said on Tuesday that the people of the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro were "aggressive" and capable of triggering World War III.

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

"By the way, they're very strong people - they're very aggressive people", Trump said. It is just the story on collective defense and financial contribution, and Montenegro emerged in that interview as any other country could have emerged. They only have to defend that country if it actually gets attacked.

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Small NATO allies have contributed what they can to USA wars over the last seventeen years, but that just calls attention to the downside of joining the alliance for them.

Though Trump signed the communique and committed in 2017 to NATO's principle of common defense, his latest comments have called the United States' relationship with its allies in to question.

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

"We have no intentions whatsoever to start World War III, we are too small for that", the country's foreign minister, Srdjan Darmanovic, told CNN in an exclusive interview.

Russian officials have shrugged off Trump's wildly contradictory accounts of what he said to Putin at Monday's summit.

Can't say we'd expect the average person to know much about the place. At present the west Balkan country now most at risk of both internal and external confrontation is the country that used to call itself Macedonia, while today the Prime Minister of said country calls it Northern Macedonia (while the President does not) and finally, the official United Nations name for the country and the name still most typically used in neighbouring Greece is "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

Although peace in Europe is generally taken for granted in the post-Cold War world, the last century showed us how fragile that peace could be. "There was a steady decline in Montenegrin-Russian relations, which traditionally had been very good, from 2014 onward", added Morrison, a leading authority on Montenegro.

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