(Washington Times) President Trump notified Senate leaders Tuesday that he approves of a move to formally add the Balkan nation of Montenegro into NATO, an expansion of the alliance that’s opposed by Russia.

In a letter to the Senate, Mr. Trump certified that the inclusion of Montenegro in NATO “will not have the effect of increasing the overall percentage share of the United States in the common budgets of NATO,” and that it will not keep the U.S. from meeting its other military funding requirements.

The Senate last month approved Montenegro’s bid to become a full-fledged member of NATO by a vote of 97 to 2.

Moscow opposes any expansion of NATO. Montenegro was formerly part of Yugoslavia, which was in Russia’s area of dominance during the Cold War.

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