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Stavridis: Macedonia is a next member of NATO

Ceremony held in Skopje on 31 March 2003 which marked the end of NATO’s peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Photo: NATO

WASHINGTON – Macedonia is the next country to join the NATO alliance, said former commander of the Alliance, James Stavridis, who said that this would be the next step towards the unification and strengthening of the Balkans.

“I hope Greece will be able to resolve the name dispute with Macedonia, which will open the door for Macedonia to become part of NATO, and I think Macedonia will join the Alliance,” Stavridis told Voice of America.

According to his words, this would be the next step towards the unification and strengthening of the Balkans.

US Vice President Mike Pence, on behalf of President Donald Tramp, earlier this month, in a phone conversation with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, reiterated support for Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

“Pens said that the United States continues to support Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and encouraged Zaev to continue with reforms that will speed up Macedonia’s path in that direction,” it was announced from the White House.

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