Tag: nato
Macedonia 20.06.19 | 14:50

Canada ratifies Macedonia’s NATO accession

The Canadian Foreign Ministry informed that the country has ratified Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol. Canada is the 18th country to ratify the protocol, which was signed after Macedonia was pressured to change its name. If ratification continues as planned, Macedonia would become the 30th NATO...

Economy 06.06.19 | 17:55

Zaev’s own economic adviser dismisses his idea that NATO membership will lead to higher wages

Professor Vanco Uzunov, one of Zoran Zaev’s economics advisers, noted that NATO membership by itself won’t do much for the Macedonian economy. Salaries won’t rise on their own. It will take a lot of work, uzunov said. One of the main selling points Zaev is employing to promote the humiliating...

Macedonia 03.06.19 | 16:59

Pendarovski: NATO membership is a key cohesive factor in our multiethnic society

In my whole professional working engagement, I was led by the idea to help in the processes that today brought the country to full membership. I assure you that as President, in me and in my team you have a partner and supporter of what is and will be a regional and global priority of the Alliance, said...

Macedonia 31.05.19 | 17:16

NATO council will meet in Skopje on Monday

The NATO North Atlantic Council will visit Skopje on Monday, to meet with for a session of its integration council. The meeting will be focused on Macedonia’s expected entry into NATO. This is the second time the NAC has visited Macedonia for a meeting – the first such case was in 2003, again...

Macedonia 29.05.19 | 12:58

Xhaferi expects NATO membership by the end of the year

During an event organized by the George Marshall center, Talat Xhaferi said that he is certain Macedonia will join NATO by the end of the year. I believe that at the NATO summit in London in December, the flag of the Republic of North Macedonia will be raised along with the flags of the other Alliance...

Macedonia 24.05.19 | 20:19

Zaev expects that Macedonia will join NATO by December

According to Zoran Zaev, Macedonia will be a full NATO member by December. Speaking in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, Zaev said that 13 countries have ratified Macedonia’s NATO membership by now. Our expectations are that we will be a full member by the December summit in London, Zaev said. Among...

Macedonia 14.05.19 | 22:33

Zaev’s adviser Taleski is the new NATO coordinator

Zaev’s foreign policy adviser Dane Taleski will replace Stevo Pendarovski as the new coordinator on NATO issues in the Macedonian Government. Pendarovski held this position in Zaev’s Government, but he dropped it after running for President. The position should remain active until Macedonia...

Macedonia 03.05.19 | 20:04

NATO denies reports on Krivolak’s modernization in Macedonia

Media reports suggesting that NATO is considering to modernize Krivolak base in North Macedonia are false, a NATO official told MIA. Russian media reported today that NATO will get a military base on Krivolak with the country’s membership in the Alliance, and speculate that another base could be...

Macedonia 30.04.19 | 10:31

Trump asks Senate to ratify Macedonia as new NATO member

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to ratify the treaty protocol confirming Macedonia as the 30th member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). “I transmit herewith, for the advice and consent of the Senate to its ratification, the Protocol to the North Atlantic...

Macedonia 25.04.19 | 22:24

Belgian Parliament approves Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol

The Belgian Parliament approved the NATO accession protocol for Macedonia today, said Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. This is not the end of the ratification process, Reynders said, but expressed assurances that it will be completed soon.

Macedonia 18.04.19 | 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 09.04.19 | 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 08.04.19 | 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 05.04.19 | 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 04.04.19 | 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 19.03.19 | 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 15.03.19 | 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 04.03.19 | 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 01.03.19 | 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 20.02.19 | 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...