Today, in Brussels, before the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Ministers of Defence, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska met with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Policy and Planning, Patrick Turner.
“North Macedonia remains committed to the strategic goals, as the NATO membership, thus we are fully focused on the defence reforms, and especially the development of the Light Infantry Battalion Group”, said Minister Shekerinska at the meeting. She added that the ratification process was proceeding with remarkable speed given that the parliaments of the 25 allies, including Great Britain and the United States, have already ratified the accession protocol.
Shekerinska said the country’s commitment to increase the defence budget by 0.2 percent per year, up to achieving the required 2 percent of the gross domestic product by 2024 are becoming a reality since that it is part of the strategic documents of the Ministry, such as the Long-Term Defence Capability Development Plan.
Assistant Secretary General, Turner was pleased that North Macedonia will soon become the 30th member country. He noted that the country was not alone on the path towards reform, and that NATO will continue to give its support in this process. Turner informed that NATO is following all the defence reforms, including the increase of the defence budget, especially considering that the country is entering a phase of defining the new set of goals as a future full-fledged member country.
Today’s activities of Minister Shekerinska continue with her participation in the first of the series of meetings of the North Atlantic Council devoted to operations and missions of the Alliance, as well as with several bilateral meetings with defence ministers of NATO member countries.