WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate will vote up coming week on the ratification of Montenegro as the latest member of the NATO alliance, Senate Bulk Chief Mitch McConnell said on Thursday, after the Trump administration urged lawmakers to choose up the extensive-delayed matter.
Reuters described on Tuesday that Secretary of Point out Rex Tillerson had written to the leaders of the Senate to say Montenegro’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Business was “strongly in the interests of the United States.”
All 28 of NATO’s associates need to ratify Montenegro’s accession prior to it can formally be part of the alliance. The vote in the U.S. Senate was held up for months when at minimum two Republican senators, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, blocked a quick vote.
The Senate’s Republican management had not scheduled a a lot more time-consuming roll phone vote until finally Thursday. McConnell announced in the Senate that there would be a procedural vote on Monday night, which must crystal clear the way for a final ratification vote afterwards in the week.
Senate aides said they predicted the Senate would approve of Montenegro’s NATO membership when the vote requires spot.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle Modifying by James Dalgleish)