NATO foreign ministers invited Montenegro Yesterday to join their military alliance in its first expansion since 2009, defying Russian warnings that enlargement of the U.S.-led bloc further into the Balkans would be a provocation.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg declared: “This is the beginning of a very beautiful alliance.”

Sources within Russia claim that this could lead to the ending of ‘joint projects’ with Montenegro which may also include ‘military areas’.

Looks very much as if there is a deliberate attempt to provoke Russia further or show how isolated it can be made to become.