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U.S. Senate to vote on Montenegro's NATO membership
09:15, 24 March 2017
U.S. Senate to vote on Montenegro's NATO membership

Montenegro's accession must be ratified by all 28 NATO's members before it can formally join the alliance

09:15, 24 March 2017

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The U.S. Senate will vote next week on the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday, after the Trump administration urged lawmakers to take up the long-delayed matter, Reuters reports.

All 28 of NATO's members must ratify Montenegro's accession before it can formally join the alliance. The vote in the U.S. Senate was held up for months when at least two Republican senators, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, blocked a quick vote.

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The Senate's Republican leadership had not scheduled a more time-consuming roll call vote until Thursday. McConnell announced in the Senate that there would be a procedural vote on Monday evening, which should clear the way for a final ratification vote later in the week.

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