April 11, 2017 / 4:02 PM / 3 months ago

Trump approves Montenegro's membership in NATO - White House

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a strategic and policy CEO discussion in the Eisenhower Execution Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2017.Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed the U.S. instrument of ratification for Montenegro's accession to NATO, the White House said in a statement.

Last month the Senate overwhelmingly backed the expansion of NATO to allow Montenegro to join the alliance, hoping to send a message that the United States will push back against Russian efforts to increase its influence in Europe.

Reporting by Washington Newsroom

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