Was Trump pushing the Montenegrin PM Duško Marković out of the way part of Russia’s retaliatory actions? Regardless, PM Duško Marković appeared to have taken it for a friendly welcoming pat. He didn’t allow Trump to rain on his welcoming ceremony. It was the much shorter Putin ally, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán, who is left teying to peer over Trump’s shoulder.
“The Russian government, on the other hand, promised “retaliatory actions” after Nato invited Montenegro.” See: “Montenegro finds itself at heart of tensions with Russia as it joins Nato” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/25/montenegro-tensions-russia-joins-nato-member
Trump pushes, jumps in front, looks proud of himself: http://youtu.be/VMyrz7c-Olo
Europe-Britain and other countries need to start disciplining their own. In particular, Queen Elizabeth II needs to put Trump into line as his mother was a British-born subject. His mother was born in the UK and his German born grandfather loved America so much (sarcasm) that he went back to Germany to get a German wife. His grandfather was stripped of his German citizenship for apparent draft-dodging. So, Trump is exactly 1/2 German and 1/2 British, unless his mother had an affair. Trump is living evidence that the US has failed to adequately vet its immigrants for a very long time. Why was Trump’s mother let in after the stock market crash in 1929, when US unemployment was already approaching 10% ? Trump’s mother was one of 10 kids! Count ’em TEN. Trump has FIVE kids despite better birth control. FIVE! For how much longer will North America be held responsible for dealing with other countries’ failure to practice family planning, especially when North America fails to provide living wage jobs for most of those who are already citizens? Less than 10% of US immigrants – of the approximately 1 million people per year that the US has been letting in – are refugees. Trump needs to be deported back to the Outer Hebrides, without his airplane, before he finishes off the US. His family came to the US as on-the-make exploiters, and at least some of them remain that way: Donald and his kids.
Montenegro within Europe Map
From RFERL: https://www.rferl.org/a/montenegro-nato-key-ally-or-adriatic-afterthought/28508845.html
“Montenegro: Key NATO Ally Or Adriatic Afterthought?
May 25, 2017 13:31 GMT, by Alan Crosby
Nestled in the Adriatic coastline between Croatia and Albania, tiny Montenegro may appear to have little military value. Just don’t tell that to NATO or its sworn rival, Russia.
Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006, will be welcomed into the security alliance this week in Brussels — and formally join on June 5 — despite a bitter campaign by the Kremlin to derail NATO’s first expansion in almost a decade.
So why has a country that spent a paltry $69 million on its military last year become the front line in a diplomatic battle that some fear could edge Europe closer to a military conflict?
The government in Podgorica has faced a steady stream of rhetoric against NATO expansion from opponents both domestic and foreign, and an alleged coup attempt in October 2016 was seen by some as yet another attempt to change the political landscape and keep Montenegro away from integrating into the Euro-Atlantic alliance.
“With Montenegro’s accession, NATO is telling aspiring members to hang tough, for their time may yet come. By stamping its feet in frustration, Moscow is telling the same NATO aspirants and NATO itself that that’s a pipe dream,” Leonid Bershidsky, founder of the opinion website Slon.ru and a Bloomberg View contributor, argues.
With a population of just 620,000, Montenegro may seem like an afterthought for an alliance that has about six times that number in active military personnel alone.
Indeed, Montenegro’s armed forces, with about 2,000 soldiers, is about one-third of what is needed to run a single aircraft carrier, while its eight armed personnel carriers, half a dozen ships, and dozen or so helicopters hardly add anything to the alliance in terms of hardware.
Meanwhile, it borders NATO members Croatia and Albania, neither of which poses a threat to Montenegro or the alliance, so it won’t fundamentally change the country’s security situation or markedly fortify NATO operations.
Still, its 293-kilometer coastline does give Montenegro some importance as a strategic parcel of real estate, since it’s the penultimate piece in the Adriatic puzzle.
With Montenegro as a member, NATO will control the entire coast of the Adriatic, from the heel of Italy’s boot to the rugged shores of Greece, save for a 20-kilometer stretch of land held by Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Moreover, Montenegro hosts the Bar and Kotor naval bases, once key facilities for the defunct Yugoslav armed forces that analysts say may be part of the alliance’s future plans.
“It is difficult to say now whether any NATO combat facilities will be deployed in Montenegro. But militarily, I can say that the base in Kotor was one the chief ones among the former Yugoslav armed forces. It was well-equipped and there were ships which controlled major part of the Adriatic,” Colonel Boris Podoprigora, president of the St. Petersburg Conflict Resolution Club says.
“As far as I know, there are no serious bases on the opposite side, in Italy. They are all on the opposite side of Italy, mainly near Naples. However, I can confirm that Montenegro is an important strategic point of the region. It is quite an important geographical unit in the NATO conglomerate.”
The rewards of joining NATO may be tempered by the price Montenegro could pay at the hands of Russia.
A longtime ally that shares historic, linguistic, and cultural ties, Russia has not sat idly by as NATO wooed Montenegro.
Moscow is said to have asked Montenegro several years ago to use Bar as a naval logistics base for ships heading toward Syria. Amid reported pressure from NATO, the government declined, ruffling Kremlin feathers.
Since then, Russia has used the stick more than the carrot to try and edge its way into the Balkan conversation.
The Kremlin imposed sanctions against Montenegro’s largest winery and one of the country’s best-known exports. Officials claimed products from the Plantaze winery near the coastline do not meet proper standards, even though the company says it has had several independent tests performed on its wine to refute that accusation.
Mindful that Russian investors have poured millions of dollars into the country, mainly through real-estate deals to accommodate the thousands of Russians who flock annually to Montenegro’s sun-splashed coastline, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned in April of a “surge of anti-Russian hysteria” in Montenegro.
And then there’s the matter of last year’s purported coup plot.
Officials in Podgorica have accused Russia of involvement, allegedly aimed at impeding Montenegro’s further Western integration.
Moscow rejects the allegation, but a Montenegrin court began indictment proceedings on May 24 against 14 people, including two Russians and two pro-Russia opposition leaders, who are charged with plotting to overthrow the government last year.
“If the Kremlin has influence in the American political process, you can imagine how much greater ambitions it has to exert influence on the countries of the Balkans, which is seen as a ‘soft belly of Europe,'” Janusz Bugajski, a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, says.
Step Toward EU
Ultimately, accepting Montenegro as a NATO member may be as much, or more, about the European Union than the alliance itself.
Montenegro applied to join the 28-nation EU in 2009 and has been in membership talks since 2012.
It has already opened 26 chapters in its EU accession negotiations out of a total 35, and in its last progress report, in late 2016, the European Commission said Montenegro continued to make progress on political and economic criteria and had improved its ability to take on the obligations of EU membership.
Former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic once even hailed NATO accession as “one more important step toward Montenegro’s full membership in the European Union.”
“The Balkans for centuries has been the scene of a struggle between the West and the East,” current Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said recently.
“NATO and the EU have always been and remain a guarantee of stability and security and cooperation and the main basis for peace in Europe. It is about what kind of future we choose for us and generations to come.” Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. https://www.rferl.org/a/montenegro-nato-key-ally-or-adriatic-afterthought/28508845.html Emphasis our own.
Bizarrely and illogically, despite the great British female monarchs Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II – also head of the church of England – British citizenship was passed through the father until recently. Shall we blame the Germans then for Trump? Regardless, Europe-Britain and the rest of the world need to accept responsibility for the delinquents which they have exported to the Americas. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, as they say. “Prior to 1983, as a general rule, British nationality could be transmitted from only the father, and parents were required to be married… Those born in non-Commonwealth countries of second and subsequent generations born overseas could be registered as British within 12 months of birth. However, many such children did not acquire a UK Right of Abode before 1983 and hence became British Overseas citizens in 1983 rather than British citizens./ On 8 February 1979 the Home Office announced that overseas-born children of British mothers would generally be eligible for registration as UK citizens provided application was made before the child reached age 18. Many eligible children were not registered before their 18th birthday due to the fact this policy concession was poorly publicised. Hence it has been effectively reintroduced by the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 for those aged under 18 on the date of the original announcement.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_British_nationality_law#Citizenship_by_Descent