Tag: nato
Macedonia 15:39

Kathimerini: Ankara putting the squeeze on Skopje

Turkey is reportedly threatening to delay the ratification of North Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol if the Balkan country does not extradite 15 Turkish nationals Ankara accuses of taking part in a failed coup in 2016, Kathimerini reports. According to the newspaper, Ankara insists that the 15 Turkish...

Macedonia 17:24

Dimitrov boasted in Washington: We also helped NATO to bomb Serbia

“Macedonian Minister shocks: We also helped to bomb Serbia”, reads the headline of Serbian news portal Alo.rs, conveying the general feeling of the Serbs that the Macedonians are happy that Serbia was bombed and that they are proud to have contributed in that. Last week in Washington, foreign...

Macedonia 10:26

New viral SDSM moment – man reads Pendarovski a poem he dedicated to NATO

Following a series of embarrassing North Korean style celebrations of Zoran Zaev and Stevo Pendarovski, the SDSM party temporarily reduced the “open mic” opportunities for attendees at their rallies. But in Karpos on Sunday, supporters were invited to speak again, and the gaffes followed....

Macedonia 17:50

Lavrov: Macedonia and Montenegro won’t be safer in NATO, will only have to buy American weapons

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that, as new NATO members, Macedonia and Montenegro will not be safer, but will not be forced to spend significant portions of their budgets on purchasing American weapons systems. In an interview, Lavrov said that this latest round of NATO expansion also means...

World 17:29

Stoltenberg: There are divisions within NATO

In the first address to Congress by a NATO head, Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday acknowledged serious divisions within the alliance and called for bigger defense budgets to cope with global challenges such as Russian assertiveness, the core reason NATO was created in Washington 70 years ago this week,...

Macedonia 21:42

Zaev promises Stoltenberg that Macedonia will increase defense spending to 2 percent of GDP

Zoran Zaev told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that Macedonia is prepared to increase its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP in just five years. Macedonia currently spends just 135 million EUR per year on defense, and to reach the required 2 percent of GDP, this would have to increase to 200...

Macedonia 12:46

Pendarovski says Siljanovska election win will put the Prespa treaty into question

SDSM presidential candidate Stevo Pendarovski told supporters in Veles that he will promote the idea of NATO and EU membership, while his opponent Gordana Siljanovska will put into question the Prespa treaty that renames Macedonia into North Macedonia. I want to emphasize the difference between me and...

Macedonia 20:52

US diplomat Reeker: Western Balkans and North Macedonia belong in EU and NATO

US diplomat Philip Reeker insisted that American policy is to have the Balkans brought into the European Union and NATO, in order to build a Europe that would be whole, free and at peace. Reeker, who was US Ambassador to Macedonia and is expected to be named Assistant Secretary of State, met with Zoran...

Macedonia 15:06

Croatian parliament ratifies Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol

The Croatian Parliament, with 116 votes in favor and 2 against, ratified Friday the NATO Accession Protocol of Macedonia. With that, Croatia is among the first countries, along with Greece and Albania, to ratify NATO Accession Protocol of Macedonia.

World 12:02

Lavrov blames the West of pushing Balkan countries into NATO against their will

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the West of “vacuuming the Balkans” into NATO, against the will of the citizens of the Balkan countries. The West maintains an arrogant line of vacuuming the region into NATO, disregarding the will of the people of the countries concerned, and...

Macedonia 11:13

Divided Bulgarian Parliament narrowly approves Macedonia’s NATO accession

The Bulgarian Parliament ratified Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol with 139 votes in favor, in the 240 seat Parliament. The large bloc of the Bulgarian Socialist Party was absent from the Parliament during the vote. Buglarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that this is a historic...

Macedonia 14:50

Three NATO members ratified Macedonia’s accession protocol

The Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia has published an interactive map of the countries that ratified the NATO Accession Protocol. Although it was announced that a large number of NATO member states would ratify the protocol in the shortest possible time, so far only Greece, Albania and Slovenia have...

Balkans 14:19

Albanian Parliament ratifies North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol

The Albanian Parliament ratified North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol on Thursday with 130 votes in favor, none against. The plenary session of the Albanian Parliament started with a minute of silence for the victims of Wednesday’s bus accident at Skopje-Tetovo highway. Macedonia’s...

Macedonia 21:59

Sekerinska attends her first NATO ministerial, refers to Macedonia as “North Macedonia”

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska today attended a NATO ministerial meeting, in the capacity of a silent invitee, after NATO prepared an accession protocol for Macedonia, which has so far been ratified by Greece and Slovenia. Sekerinska quoted Churchill to say that this is “the end of the beginning”...

Macedonia 15:44

Zaev: I don’t believe that the EU is falling apart, I see it as stronger than ever

During his remarks at the NATO flag raising ceremony in front of the Macedonian Government, Zoran Zaev said that he rejects claims that the European Union is disintegrating. Zaev said that Macedonia, which he referred to “our country” or the “European Republic of North Macedonia”,...

Macedonia 12:09

Zaev raises NATO flag in front of the now nameless Government building

Zoran Zaev declared that Macedonia is moving fast toward NATO and the European Union at a NATO flag raising ceremony in front of the Government building. We raise the NATO flag, which determines our destiny, along with the EU flag. It is not just symbolism, it is reality, a new page in our history, Zaev...

Macedonia 09:27

Slovenia expected to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership

The Parliament of Slovenia is expected to ratify Macedonia’s accession to NATO today. Speaker Talat Xhaferi is in Ljubljana today and will speak at the Slovenian Parliament. He is also expected to visit Albania on Thursday, when the Albanian Parliament should vote on the accession protocol. Under...

Macedonia 12:13

Macedonia’s Government: The letters were removed due to preparations for the NATO flag-raising ceremony

The letters “Government of the Republic of Macedonia” on the facade of the Government building were removed, in order to place the new constitutional name containing the adjective “North” in line with the Prespa Agreement. The government explained that the letters were removed...

Balkans 11:28

Foreign Minister Zaharieva hopes Bulgarian Parliament will ratify Macedonian NATO accession as early as next week

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva announced that the Bulgarian Parliament may ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol as early as next week. The Greek Parliament ratified the protocol on Friday evening, as provided among the few Greek obligations in the Prespa treaty. It is in Bulgaria’s...

Macedonia 22:21

Despite Zaev’s assurances, NATO likely to use the flag emoji instead of “Macedonian” for a while

After the humiliating display on Wednesday’s accession protocol signing ceremony, when NATO used the Macedonian flag emoji to refer to the Macedonian language, when all other languages were listed by name, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev assured the public that he has been in touch with NATO and that...

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