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Arizona Sen. John McCain blasts Russia over spreading influence

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PODGORICA, Montenegro — U.S. Senator John McCain has congratulated Montenegro for its upcoming NATO membership and blasted Russia for its alleged attempts to interfere in the Balkans.

McCain, who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, is one of the strongest supporters of expanding NATO in Europe.

The Arizona senator said in Montenegro on Wednesday that “the behavior on the part of Russians, throughout the region and the world, is not acceptable.”

The Senate backed Montenegro’s accession to NATO last month, a message that the U.S. will push back against Russian efforts to increase its influence in Europe.

President Donald Trump signed the ratification Tuesday.

“The Russian behavior requires our solidarity and our strength,” McCain said.

NATO invited tiny Montenegro to join the military alliance as its 29th member in December 2015.

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