This year, the heat has been turned up even more, after Donald Trump characterised the tiny Balkan nation's people as "very aggressive" and capable of sparking a third world war.
Montenegro, the statement says, was the only Balkan country, which during the breakup of Yugoslavia the war broke out.
In 2006, ME created a partnership with Montenegro that LePage says originally focused on disaster relief, emergency management and border security. But, like Macedonia, its decision to split from the federation did not trigger a separate war.
The government also said "the friendship and alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent".
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation responded to the words of the President of the United States Donald trump regarding Montenegro, confirming its commitment to collective defense. "So, let's say Montenegro, which joined [NATO] past year, is attacked, why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?".
In his interview to Fox News television aired on July 17, Trump said Montenegrins were strong, "very aggressive" people and suggested he feared NATO's newest member could drag the alliance into World War III.
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TRUMP: No, by the way, they have very strong people - they have very aggressive people. "I think President Trump is very open to discussion, and I think when he talks to people, especially in a one-on-one situation, he will entertain a variety of ideas, but he never really commits to them".
Montenegro also hopes to join the European Union by 2025, much to the dismay of President Vladimir Putin, but has been under pressure to deal with organised crime and poor media freedoms. The Polish government has offered up to $2 billion to cover most of the costs of building such a base and supporting US troops in Poland, declaring it is committed "to share the burden of defense spending [and] make the decision more cost-effective for the USA government".
The move also infuriated Russian Federation, with whom relations have soured in recent years as the Balkan nation forges closer ties with the West and eyes entry into the European Union.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that the meeting was "an acknowledged triumph", taking credit for members pledging to meet their commitments.
"Trump suggested that the U.S., which "[pays] 90% of the costs to defend Europe", was being abused by the alliance.
"To have the president of the United States, the most powerful member of the alliance, question Nato's principle of solidarity can only work in Russia's favour", he quipped.
"The moment you start creating some relative notion about whether we should start defending certain allies because they are small or big, then you start sowing doubt", said Fabrice Pothier, formerly NATO's director of policy planning. "When I woke up it seemed like a good joke to me".
While "a resurgence of political tension is possible, fundamentally the conditions for destabilisation are not there", he told AFP. The article has been invoked only once, following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.