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DefMin Les: North Macedonia's accession to NATO will contribute to improvement of security environment in the Balkans

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The accession of North Macedonia to NATO will contribute to the improvement of the security environment in the Balkans, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les stated on Tuesday, on the occasion of the visit to Bucharest of his counterpart of the Republic of North Macedonia Radmila Sekerinska-Jankovska.

"I congratulated Mrs Minister for successfully completing the demarches to join NATO, the most powerful political-military alliance in the history of the world, in which the Republic of North Macedonia will soon become the 30th member with full rights. The fact that we will be 30 allies within NATO will make the Alliance more powerful and it will certainly contribute to the improvement of the security environment in the Balkans region," Gabriel Les said in a press statement held at the National Defence Ministry (MApN) headquarters.

He assured Radmila Sekerinska-Jankovska of Romania's further support and showed that Romania will always be a friend and a trustworthy ally.

Within the meeting, the Romanian Minister presented Romania's endeavors to strengthen the deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern Flank of NATO, within NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence, but also by developing, on the national soil, a ground command and control capability at the army body level.

"On this occasion, I reiterated our country's commitment to continue the contribution to the fair burden-sharing within the Alliance, on the three levels - financial, capabilities and contributions to operations and missions - and I made known that in Romania, for the 3rd consecutive year, the budget earmarked to defence stands at two percent of the GDP, a value which will be maintained for at least ten years," Les also said.




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