NATO and EU not alibi for poor agreement, Ivanov tells Stoltenberg

NATO and EU not alibi for poor agreement, Ivanov tells Stoltenberg

 I believe that the European Union and NATO are the right place for Macedonia and I will continue to support our strategic goals. However, the EU and NATO should in no way be an alibi for a poor agreement, said President Gjorge Ivanov at Thursday's meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Ivanov told Stoltenberg that Macedonia met the NATO membership criteria in 2008 and the country has been actively contributing in international peacekeeping missions since, deserving its NATO spot without the need for additional conditions, said the President's Office.

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According to him, Macedonia is strongly committed to promoting peace and stability, contributing to security in the region and the wider area, demonstrating it is NATO's credible and strategic partner and ally.

President Ivanov added that maintenance of security, stability and prosperity of the region should be in the collective interest.

Interlocutors also referred to current developments in Macedonia, as well as the country's defense and security reforms in line with NATO standards, reads the press release.

NATO's Stoltenberg is also set to meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska, VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski and other officials.

Zaev and Stoltenberg are scheduled to hold a joint press conference after their meeting.

The NATO Secretary General will also visit Stajkovci village – where, in 2016, soldiers and equipment from NATO’s mission KFOR helped to clear roads and move debris following devastating floods. 

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