U.S. Senator John McCain in 2011: “I use this opportunity as an excuse to get the prime minister to invite me to visit Montenegro again, which I think is the most beautiful country in the world”

President Milo Djukanovic: “I’m sending my deepest condolences to the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain, a war hero and one of the most influential American politicians, who has been widely respected even by his opponents on behalf of the citizens of Montenegro. While we mourn Senator McCain’s passing, we are eternally grateful for his invaluable contribution to modern Montenegrin history. Passionately committed to his country, Senator McCain always strongly supported democratic progress and Montenegro’s commitments on the road to its independence, thus contributing to its international recognition and becoming a full member of NATO. May he rest in peace.” (Office of the President of Montenegro)

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic: “On behalf of the Government of Montenegro, its citizens, and myself, I’m sending my deepest condolences on the passing of your husband and father, Senator John McCain. He is a true hero, politician, and man who will be remembered as being a champion of democracy and development in the world. The Senator’s bravery and wisdom were inspiring for Montenegro and a big voice of support in the period when we were making democratic progress towards NATO membership. Senator John McCain was first of all a sincere friend of Montenegro and we will be forever grateful to him.” (Government of Montenegro)

Ivan Brajovic, President of Parliament: “On the occasion of the death of Senator John McCain, on behalf of the Parliament of Montenegro and myself, I send my sincere condolences to the McCain family and the US citizens with the utmost respect. The death of Senator McCain, the Republican Senator from from Arizona, and the United States lost a prominent leader who left an indelible mark on the world political scene through his political actions. It remains a role model for young people throughout the world on how to love their country and an example of an uncompromising fighter for the sublime ideals of democracy in which he firmly believed. Senator McCain, whom I had the privilege of personally meeting, will be remembered as a great friend of Montenegro who provided an unmistakable contribution to the strengthening of the overall relations between Montenegro and the United States, and in particular the strengthening of the international position of our country.” (Vijesti)

Ranko Krivokapić, Former President of Parliament, who McCain met in 2013: “The United States lost a major political figure who has strongly influenced political processes in the United States and the international political scene over the past three decades. Montenegro had a sincere ally and a friend in Senator McCain, and his strong commitment and contribution to Montenegrin membership in NATO is undoubtedly a special confirmation of the inclination that he had towards the country.” (CdM)

Senator John McCain unwaveringly supported democracy in Montenegro and its accession to NATO:

He called for Montenegro to join NATO in 2014 at the Norwegian Defense Conference: “By September, NATO should be able to extend an invitation for membership to Montenegro. I think we could also redouble our efforts and clear the way for Macedonia. We should extend a Membership Action Plan to Georgia. And we should deepen NATO’s cooperation Sweden and Finland. Many of us have taken note of the new thinking about defense policy that is occurring in those two countries, including positive statements that some of their leaders have made about eventual NATO membership. We should encourage that as much as possible.”

Video of Senate session on March 17: “Senator McCain sought unanimous consent to move to treaty approving Montenegro’s admission to NATO. Montenegro treaty has been pending on Senate exec calendar since Jan 12, approved by Foreign Relations on voice vote. Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) objected to the UC.”

He praised its membership and withstanding from Russian pressure in 2018:

Senator John McCain being honored with the Presidential Decoration Award at the 2018 Montenegrin Statehood Day at the U.S. Library of Congress on March 22, 2018. He is pictured (left to right) with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and Ambassador of Montenegro to the United States Nebojsa Kaludjerovic.

 

Senator John McCain statement on trip to Montenegro in April 2017: “I am honored to return to Montenegro as it prepares to become the 29th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I welcome President Trump’s signature of the United States instrument of ratification of the Protocol for Montenegro’s accession to NATO, which followed the Senate’s overwhelming 97-2 vote last month. This was another important demonstration of the United States’ unwavering commitment to the NATO alliance and to the defense of a Europe whole, free, and at peace.

“Despite violent pressure from Vladimir Putin’s Russia, President Vujanovic, Prime Minister Markovic, and other members of the government were clear in meetings with me that Montenegro will persist in its pursuit of Euro-Atlantic integration. Montenegro is sending a powerful message that Vladimir Putin will not have veto power over the democratic aspirations of free peoples in Southeastern Europe or anywhere else in the world.” (full statement available at the Office of Senator John McCain)

Senator John McCain’s Memories from Montenegro in April 2017: