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‘Aggressive’ Montenegro could cause WWIII, Trump says in latest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jibe

‘Aggressive’ Montenegro could cause WWIII, Trump says in latest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jibe

In a statement released Thursday, the Montenegrin government said it "contributes to peace and stability not only on the European continent, but worldwide, along with USA soldiers in Afghanistan".

President Donald Trump, who rattled USA allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting last week, voiced concern in a television interview broadcast Tuesday night that sending troops from the alliance to defend an "aggressive" Montenegro could result in World War III. They're very aggressive people. It found its voice Thursday, and what came out was less a battle cry than a chorus of "Kumbaya".

Montenegro may fan concerns in the White House about starting World War III but the Balkan nation has a recent history of the opposite - well-versed and successful in dealing with tensions between USA and Russian Federation.

If Montenegro, a country with just over 620,000 people, became aggressive and started a war with Russian Federation, they could not invoke Article 5 and require United States involvement.

But Trump added another wrinkle to the scenario and suggested Montenegro's "aggressive people" could spark a global conflict and drag the USA with it. They're very strong people, they're very aggressive people. They're very aggressive people. A nation of just 630,000 people, Trump warned "they may get aggressive and congratulations, you are in World War III".

Darmanovic agreed that Trump's comments would be welcomed in Moscow. "Montenegro is proud of its history and tradition and peaceful politics that led to the position of a stabilising state in the region and the only state in which the war didn´t rage during disintegration of the former Yugoslavia", the Montenegrin government said in a statement. Montenegro have been fighting for freedom for centuries.

The move also infuriated Russian Federation, with whom relations have soured in recent years as the Balkan nation forges closer ties with the West and eyes entry into the European Union.

DARMANOVIC: I don't want to say that there are no concerns, but there are debates.

But the current uncertainty is whether the increase in military spending from these member states can meet the expectations of President Trump or not.

"Montenegrins are not aggressive ... but the nation of fearless warriors", he said.

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The governor's four-day stay had been wrapping up Wednesday in Montenegro, where he met with business and political leaders.

In its 12 years of independence, the tiny country has not once come close to starting a war. LePage says it originally focused on disaster relief, emergency management and border security. Or was his rare admission of a mistake rooted in the ferocity of the stateside response by those - Republicans among them - who said he undermined USA intelligence services by seeming to side with Putin?

It's true, as Trump regularly points out, that the United States spends 4% of its GDP on defense, but that's because it has military commitments all over the world.

"To have the president of the USA, the most powerful member of the alliance, question Nato's principle of solidarity can only work in Russia's favour", he quipped.

"I don't know what to say, I think this is really stupid", another local told CNN.

The only time Article 5 was ever invoked was by America after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks conducted by al-Qaeda. So let's say Montenegro, which joined previous year, is attacked. Russian Federation has denied the allegation.

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

"I hope (it was) just a mistake, nothing else", Krivokapic said.

CARLSON: Yeah, I'm not against Montenegro.

The reaction of Miljan Kovacevic, 34, a lawyer in Montenegro, was more akin to his prime minister's post-shove aplomb.

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