Montenegro will donate 11% of its military budget to Ukraine, the prime minister’s office said Monday.
The donation, along with “receiving thousands of refugees,” shows the Montenegrin government’s “clear determination to support the defence of Ukrainians,” the statement from the Office of the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazović said.
The terms were agreed by Abazović and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who signed a joint declaration on Monday, according to Zelensky’s Telegram channel.
“Today, we signed the Joint Declaration, which defines the priority areas of cooperation between Ukraine and Montenegro within the strategic course of our country to acquire full membership in NATO,” Zelensky said in the Telegram post.
“I am grateful to Montenegro for the strong political support and important practical help to Ukraine,” he added.
Abazović said on Twitter that Montenegro “wants peace.”
“That is why we express our unequivocal support for Ukraine and its people with a view to safeguarding their integrity, sovereignty and right to a free life,” added Abazović.