Former NATO commander, General James Stavridis, says he thinks Macedonia will the next country to join the western military alliance.
“I hope that Greece will be able to work with Macedonia in finding a solution for the name dispute which will open the door for Macedonia to join NATO. I think Macedonia is the next country that will join the Alliance,” said general Stavridis, saying also that the next steps would be towards unification and strengthening of the Balkans region.
He reminded that even VP Mike Pence, who at the start of the month had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, has stressed the US support for Macedonia’s membership in NATO.
“Pence stressed that the USA will support Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations” and has encouraged Zaev to give priority to the reforms that will speed up the process” announced the White House after the telephone conversation.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, after the election of the new government in Skopje, urged it to implement necessary reforms, including those regarding the rule of law, in order to accelerate the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
"As Skopje progresses, NATO will continue to offer its support, through its office in the capital," Stoltenberg said.