Greece and Italy to protect Montenegro's airspace (Report)

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Montenegro’s defense minister says the Greek and Italian air forces will protect the airspace over the newest NATO-member state.

Predrag Boskovic told Montenegro’s state TV on Monday that a technical agreement is in the works with the two neighboring states on air policing. Greece and Italy are also members of the Western military alliance.

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Boskovic says that “air policing is absolutely the best option to protect our skies.”

After separating from a union with Serbia in 2006, tiny Montenegro was left without fixed-wing military aircraft. It has about a dozen operational helicopters.

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Montenegro joined NATO in June as the military alliance’s 29th member, despite strong opposition from Russia, which considers the Adriatic country a historic Slavic ally and is opposed to NATO’s enlargement.

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