WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 05: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) talks with Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, after a meeting at the White House, on June 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Montenegro officially became the 29th member of NATO today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO on Monday and was praised by the United States for sticking to its path of joining the Western military alliance in spite of Russian pressure.
Even as Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic was in Washington for a State Department ceremony to mark the accession, Russia warned of retaliation against Montenegro’s “hostile course” and condemned the country’s “anti-Russian hysteria.”
After the ceremony, Markovic met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the White House, but not President Donald Trump, officials said.
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) talks with Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, after a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5. Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO on Monday. Mark Wilson/Getty
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