NATO Says It Won’t Rule Out Further Expansion

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NATO has reaffirmed its open-door policy during a summit in Washington to mark its 75th anniversary.

NATO members said that the alliance continue to welcome countries which aspire to join adding that “the Western Balkans and the Black Sea regions are of strategic importance for the alliance”

RT reports: They vowed to help the countries of the region “counter malign influence, including disinformation, hybrid, and cyber threats, posed by both state and non-state actors.”

“NATO supports the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of interested countries in this region,” the declaration read.

The US-led alliance admitted the Balkan nation of Montenegro as a member in 2017, while neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina has been holding intermittent negotiations on accession since 2008. Milorad Dodik, the leader of the Serb entity of the federation, recently confirmed that he would block Bosnia and Herzegovina from potentially joining NATO in the future. 

NATO leads the peacekeeping force in Kosovo, deployed in 1999 after the alliance intervened on behalf of ethnic Albanian separatists, and carried out a brutal wave of airstrikes on Serbia, despite having no UN mandate. 

Russia has maintained that it considers NATO’s expansion eastward a threat to its national security and cited the alliance’s military cooperation with Ukraine as one of the root causes of the conflict with Kiev.

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