SKOPJE, *the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - On the occasion of the 67th anniversary of NATO, the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia organized a one day event, entitled: "NATO before the Warsaw Summit - Challenges and Perspectives for South East Europe."
The event took place in the Army Hall in Skopje. The conference was opened by Mr. Ismet Ramadani, the President of EACM. Minister of Defence Mr.Zoran Jolevski, US Ambassador Jess L. Baily, Polish Ambassador Jacek Multanowski and Turkish Ambassador Omur Solendil also attended the event.
Chief of the NATO Liaison office, Bulgarian Navy Captain Rumen Radev, focused on the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, stressing that as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently stated, the agenda will be driven by two major themes, balance and adaptation.
He also stated that the assurance measures are a series of land, sea and air activities in, on and around the territory of NATO Allies in Central and Eastern Europe, designed to reinforce their defence, reassure their populations and deter potential aggression. He underlined that NATO’s first line of defence is not troops or heavy weapons, but effective governance: institutions that are – and that are seen to be – on the side of the citizen.
He concluded his speech by underlining that NATO is sticking to its "open door policy to all partners that wish to join the Alliance, share its values and are willing and able to assume the responsibilities and obligations of membership."
Story by NATO Liaison Office Skopje Public Affairs / Photos by Ministry of Defense Skopje
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name