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NATO decides on inclusion of the North of Macedonia

Hardly the name dispute with Greece is settled, can be seen in the small Balkan country a success. NATO the North of Macedonia in the Alliance.

NATO is under pressure - from the inside as from the outside. The keywords adaptation process, financial burden-sharing and the impending end of the INF disarmament Treaty. As success stories such as these come just at the right time: Only around one and a half years after the accession of Montenegro can be expected North of Macedonia, another country in the Balkans with the inclusion into the Alliance. 30. since the founding of the Alliance, 70 years ago. The Signal that Brussels sends: NATO is not obsolete, but it grows and thrives, and their doors are open.

Skopje can now. observers send

Macedonia's foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov

In the presence of the Macedonian foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov, and the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the representatives of the 29 member States signed in Brussels the Protocol of Accession The document, which concludes the Phase of the intake interviews and the official assures the future of NATO-state the North of Macedonia, the membership. As of now, the government in Skopje, the observer can send to almost all the consultations and conferences of the military Alliance, even to the big anniversary celebration at the beginning of April in Washington.

With all the Rights and duties

Full NATO member with all the Rights and obligations of the former Yugoslav Republic is expected in the coming year. As a final step, the ratification of the following now procedure. This means, the Parliament in Skopje and the remaining 29 NATO partners must approve the accession to the North of Macedonia's formal approval. In the case of Montenegro, this process took about a year.

the accession was only after the Two million inhabitants of the country had made a few weeks ago, his year-long name dispute with the southern neighbour, Greece, which is in business since 1952 in NATO. The government in Athens was disturbed by the designation "Macedonia", as a Northern Greek province of the same name and later were feared claims.

it is Important for a stable Balkan region,

Military of the extension to the small country for the NATO not too much of a profit. The Northern Macedonian army helicopter has nearly 11,000 active soldiers and some fighting. Nevertheless, the shot is seen after several political and ethnic conflicts as an important step towards the stabilization of the entire Balkan region.

Russia sees the further expansion of the Western Alliance as an attack on their own security. Against the accession of Montenegro in front of one and a half years, the Kremlin protested sharply. NATO argues: The right to self-determination of peoples also have the right to choose its alliances freely.

NATO prepares accession from the North of Macedonia before
Holger Romann, BR Brussels
06.02.2019 11:34 PM

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