Minister Shekerinska in Brussels: meeting of the North Atlantic Council, bilateral meetings with defence ministers of NATO countries

Yesterday and today in Brussels, Minister Radmila Shekerinska will be taking part in the North Atlantic Council meetings at the level of defence ministers the second time after the signing of the accession protocol for membership of our country in NATO. North Macedonia actively participates in discussions on important global issues. The first session of the meeting of the defence ministers was focused on discussing Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

At the meeting, the defence ministers again urged Russia to abandon its policy of violation of this Treaty, which is one of the pillars of security on the European continent.

In his statement, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, on behalf of the Ministers of Defence, stressed that NATO is preparing for a world without this important Treaty, and the measures which would be in force after 2 August, if Russia’s position does not change, and he stated the military exercises, anti-missile defence and the activities of observation and reconnaissance.

Before the meeting of the North Atlantic Council, Minister Shekerinska talked with the Spanish Defence Minister Margarita Robles Fernández, the Minister of Defence of the Netherlands, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten. Both the Spanish and the Dutch minister expressed strong support for the membership of our country in NATO, while Minister Shekerinska expressed her expectation that the ratification processes in these two friendly and partner countries will be completed shortly.

At the meeting with the Norwegian Minister of Defence , Frank Bakke-Jensen, Shekerinska expressed appreciation for the ratification of the accession protocol in the Norwegian Parliament. Minister Shekerinska stressed that the hope and the ambitious plan of our country, as well as the commitment of the Allies to the issue of ratification shows that it can be completed in record time, i.e. by December. Shekerinska and Bakke-Jensen concluded that bilateral defence cooperation between North Macedonia and Norway is on an exceptionally high level and they pledged to continue and enhance this collaboration as allies in NATO – Alliance.

The defence minister continues today with two sessions, one dedicated to the alliance’s mission in Afghanistan, “Resolute Support”. Today, Minister Shekerinska will have more bilateral meetings with defence ministers of NATO member countries.

After the summit, the Minister will participate in the prestigious Brussels Forum, organized by the German Marshall Fund, where she will speak on innovation and the new approach to security.