The Estonian government approved a bill on Thursday concerning the approval of a protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty on Montenegro joining NATO.
The protocol regulates a country joining NATO, and the Estonian government approved it on May 12. It was signed by NATO foreign ministers, including Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand, on May 19 in Brussels.
The next step after the signing of the protocol is for all NATO member states to approve it, and in Estonia it must be adopted by the Riigikogu as well. When all NATO member states have approved it, NATO's secretary general will send to Montenegro an official invitation to join to the alliance.
The most recent member states to join the 28-state alliance were Albania and Croatia on April 1, 2009.
Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik