The Macedonian President spoke about the development of relations with the US

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotobanka Skopje in Macedonia. Archival photoThe Macedonian President spoke about the development of relations with the US© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

Macedonian President George Ivanov said the U.S. Secretary of defense James Mattis, NATO membership and the EU is a strategic goal for Skopje and cooperation with the U.S. long – term interest of the country.

Day Mattis held a meeting and joint press conference with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran by Sevim and defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska and conversation with President Ivanov — behind closed doors.

«Joining NATO and the EU remains a strategic goal and highest priority of the Republic of Macedonia, which will bring progress and prosperity to the whole region», — quotes the press service of the President of Macedonia.

Ivanov added that «although Macedonia is not in NATO, it is compatible with the NATO forces, thanks to the US», which confirms the long and successful participation of Macedonian soldiers in international missions of the Alliance.

«Intensification and the development of comprehensive bilateral relations with the United States represent a long-term interest of the Republic of Macedonia», — concluded the head of state.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a summit in Brussels on 11 July that the leaders of all 29 member countries officially invited Macedonia to join the Alliance. He said that «as soon as Macedonia will make the necessary changes to the Constitution will officially invite the country to join NATO under the new name — the Republic of North Macedonia». After signing the Protocol on accession to NATO it will have to be ratified by the parliaments of all 29 countries of the Alliance.

After administration of Macedonia out of NATO will be only two Balkan countries: Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Traditionally Russia is against NATO expansion, calling it a threat to its national security. At the same time Moscow also categorically rejects accusations of interference in the Affairs of other countries.

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