Shekerinska – Bošković: Macedonia deserves to be the next NATO member

In the framework of her visit to Montenegro, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Radmila Shekerinska, held official meetings today with the Minister of Defence, Predrag Bošković, as well as President Milo Đukanović and President of the Parliament, Ivan Brajović.

On the meeting with the Montenegrin Minister of Defence, it was concluded that Macedonia and Montenegro have an exceptionally close defence cooperation that will continue to develop in the future. Minister Shekerinska expressed gratitude for the great support that Macedonia receives from Montenegro for NATO membership, and stressed that Macedonia is taking decisive steps for domestic reforms, as well as resolving the longstanding dispute with Greece.

The Ministers concluded that the rapid Euro-Atlantic integration will affect the strengthening of peace and security and pave the way for economic development and prosperity of the entire region.

“Macedonia deserves NATO membership with the numerous reforms. Our membership brings stability to the entire region”, the Minister said after the meeting. She added that NATO’s decision to admit Montenegro showed that the open door policy functions. She said that this decision is a reminder and inspiration for us. A reminder that states can miss or create a historic chance and an inspiration that the high ambitions of the small states can be realized.

The Minister of Defence of Montenegro said that the relations between Montenegro and Macedonia are an example of cooperation in the region. He added that the two countries share a common future and that Montenegro wants to see the Republic of Macedonia as a NATO member.

“Montenegro believes that Macedonia deserves to be the next NATO member, it contributes to the stability of the region”, he said.

Minister Bošković pointed out that the two countries have excellent cooperation expressed through specific activities such as joint crisis response exercises and mountain warfare exercises, as well as through the contribution of the two countries to global security in international missions.

Minister Shekerinska also met in Montenegro with Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović and President of the Parliament, Ivan Brajović.

On the meetings, the interlocutors confirmed the excellent bilateral relations and stressed that they should be an example of cooperation in the region. Full support was also expressed for Macedonia’s NATO membership and further stabilization and development of the region.