Montenegro is clear-eyed on Russia's agenda and is staunchly in United States corner

After Helsinki, Trump boasts of reinforcing NATO

Castro also questioned Trump's commitment to protecting the United States from attacks.

After a two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin with only translators present, Trump announced that he accepted Putin's denials about Russian attempts to use social media to influence the 2016 USA election.

Montenegro's government on Thursday defended its contribution to peace in response to a verbal attack from US President Donald Trump, who said this week that the tiny Balkan nation's "aggressive" people were capable of triggering "World War III".

"America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today". Montenegro, a former Yugoslav republic like Slovenia, the home country of US first lady Melania Trump, is known for its long Adriatic Sea beaches. At NATO, Trump blasted the Germany-to-Russia Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, declaring "it's a very bad thing for NATO".

The alliance with the United States remains "strong and permanent", the statement added. Washington wants them to follow the USA policies and it seems they have to endure and accept this humiliating manners, even at the cost of losing independence.

"I am committing the United States to Article 5", Trump said at the time. This much is true: Donald Trump has made it plain often enough that he wishes to improve relations with Russian Federation and to disregard all of the many points of contention between the two countries, not limited to Russia's role in his being elected president.

There was a significant danger that left to his own devices, he might have been persuaded by President Putin to do the same in the Baltic states and Poland, which would have provoked an immediate crisis between the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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Trump has berated members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were attacked. The German Chancellor said her country's relationship with the United States is 'crucial, ' adding that she will work on the partnership between the two countries despite negative attacks from the USA president.

It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine the decades-old alliance, coming days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.

Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday. Thank you for calling me. Its past ties to Russian Federation, with whom Montenegro shared a predominantly Slavic and Orthodox Christian culture, were so strong that its leaders were said to have declared a war on Japan in 1904 just to support Russian Federation.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump. Montenegro, which means "Black Mountain", does boast of a heroic warring tradition forged over centuries of conquest and contemporary conflicts in the troubled Balkans. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

Trump went on to say that Montenegro, a small Balkan country on the Adriatic Sea, could somehow be the instigator of conflict, as opposed to, say, a country like Russian Federation.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

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