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NATO membership brings new dawn for North Macedonia

22nd April 2020 - 09:00 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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On 27 March, North Macedonia became the 30th member of NATO after Spain became the final country to ratify the treaty accepting the small Balkan nation.

In the last two years, the North Macedonian government created two ambitious documents that outline the development of the country’s armed forces in the next few years in light of NATO membership, but the realities surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are likely to affect the plans.

The Strategic Defense Review, adopted in June 2018, calls for a light infantry battalion battle group to be provided for use in NATO-led operations. This light battle group

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev

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Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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