Shaheen Statement on Vote to Allow Montenegro's Accession to NATO: "The Senate has sent a clear message that it stands firmly with Montenegro and against the Kremlin’s bullying"

March 28, 2017

**Senator Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor earlier today in support of Montenegro’s accession to NATO**

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(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after voting in favor of Montenegro’s accession to NATO. This measure was approved by the Senate by a vote of 97-2. Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor earlier today in support of Montenegro.

“With a nearly unanimous vote, the Senate has sent a clear message that it stands firmly with Montenegro and against the Kremlin’s bullying,” said Shaheen. “Montenegro’s accession to NATO will strengthen the alliance, and in turn, being a NATO member will help bolster Montenegro’s democracy and independence.  The United States has always stood strong for freedom and democracy in Europe and today the Senate reinforced Montenegro’s right to self-determination.”