The Governments of Macedonia and Bulgaria will hold a session in Strumica

Sofia, 2 November, 2017 - 16:25 (META) 

Macedonia and Bulgaria are an example of good neighborly relations and cooperation which strengthens the security of the whole region, and Bulgaria unequivocally supports Macedonia on its path to the European Union and NATO and will help implement the strategic goals of the country. This was emphasized at the meetings between Minister of Defense, Radmila Šekerinska with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and Bulgarian Minister of Defense, Krasimir Karakachanov in Sofia.

The Ministry of Defense stated that Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov said at the meeting with Šekerinska, when Bulgaria takes over the presidency of the European Union, they will provide all of Macedonia’s support in its Euro-integration process.

Šekerinska pointed out that in the last few months they have shown that there is strong political will for concrete cooperation, real positive and friendly relations between the two countries, and a new climate of cooperation.

The Minister of Defense said that the upcoming session between the two governments in Strumica, will show that cooperation is deepening.

The Minister of Defense of Bulgaria, Karakachanov, expressed his satisfaction that from August 1st to the present, contact between Bulgaria and Macedonia has intensified with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s government than in the last 20 years. He stressed that Bulgaria’s policy of Macedonia’s membership in NATO and the EU is clear, and it is categorical support.

Gottemoeller: Montenegro’s entry into NATO means that the doors are open for Macedonia too

Brussels, 27 September, 2017 - 20:18 (META) 

NATO members and the international community were horrified by the violence in Parliament this April and we welcome the progress that has been made ever since, said NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, at a joint press conference with defense ministers and foreign ministers of Macedonia, Radmila Šekerinska and Nikola Dimitrov, who are visiting NATO headquarters in Brussels.

She reminded the message from the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, after meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in June this year, that it is now important for all parties to overcome their differences and work constructively “to implement the necessary reforms, by strengthening good governance and rule of law in a multi-ethnic society.”

“This challenging reform agenda takes time and effort, but the country will benefit from the reforms and towards the achievement of Euro-Atlantic goals”, said Stoltenberg’s deputy.

Gottemoeller pointed out that the fact that Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO, shows that NATO’s doors are open and that the Alliance continues to support Macedonia on its path to NATO membership.

Defense and Foreign Ministers, Šekerinska and Dimitrov, today at NATO Headquarters, are participating in the North Atlantic Council meeting with the Republic of Macedonia.

Karakachanov will arrive in Macedonia tomorrow for official visit

Skopje, 17 September, 2017 - 13:53 (META) 

The Minister of Bulgaria, Krasimir Karakachanov, will have a meeting with the Minister of Defense, Radmila Shekjerinska, announced today the Ministry of Defense.

This is the first official visit of a high-ranking Bulgarian official after the signing of the Agreement for good neighborly relations between Macedonia and Bulgaria on the 1st of August in Skopje. Karakachov was also part of the delegation led by the Bulgarian Prime MInister, Bojko Borisov. Back then he stated that Bulgaria will help Macedonia on its roads towards NATO.

The welcoming reception of the Bulgarian delegation is planned for tomorrow starting at 9 o’clock in front of the plateau of the Ministry of Defense. Half an hour later, a meeting between the delegations of both countries is scheduled, and at 10.30, Shekjerinska and Karakachanov will talk to the press.

The Bulgarian minister will also visit the “Ilinden” army barracks where the regiment of special operations will conduct an exercise.

Otherwise, Karachanov is a longstanding leader of VMRO-BND, that is known for its extreme nationalism towards Macedonia.

Shekjerinska will visist NATO headquarters in Brussels on the 27th of September

Brussels, 16 September, 2017 - 17:01 (META) 

On the 27th of September, the Minister of Defense, Radmila Shekjerinska, will visit NATO’s headquarters in Brussels where she will have a meeting with the Alliance’s General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg.

NATO’s General Secretary has sent a letter to inform Shekjerinska that the Alliance has accepted the Government’s request for Macedonia to be a part of NATO’s program for advancing the defense education, and in his notification, he states that he is eager to welcome the Minister of Defense at NATO’s headquarters.

“We eagerly await your cooperation and the continuation of our discussion during your visit to NATO’s headquarters in Brussels on the 27th of September” states Stoltenberg’s letter addressed to Shekjerinska, announced the Ministry of Defense.

Regarding Macedonia’s participation in NATO’s program, Stoltenberg has stated that in the next period a team of NATO’s Political Affairs and Security Policy Division will organize a study visit to Macedonia for determining the support it needs.

Ivanov demands more money for ARM while Šekerinska calls upon faster membership into NATO

Skopje, 19 August, 2017 - 9:04 (META) 

Last night, at the Army’s stadium in the City park in Skopje, a central celebration took place to mark the 25th anniversary of the forming of the Army of Republic of Macedonia.

During the celebration, which began by firing artillery weapons, the President Gjorge Ivanov and the Minister of Defense, Radmila Šekerinska addressed the attendees. The Head of the State remarked that the army was engaged without his decision and Šekerinska requested an engagement for accomplishing the vision for a NATO membership.

-Due to a lack of resources and time, including without a decision by the army’s supreme commander and without conditions when a crisis is declared, more often the army is engaged in tasks that are under the jurisdiction of other institutions. I repeat, the army is engaged without my decision and when the conditions for calling a state of crisis aren’t met. It is a serious violation of the law that I will not tolerate. ARM is spending its resources on others’ tasks that under the jurisdiction of other institutions. The circle of responsibility about jurisdictions has to be closed about what, who and when – said Ivanov.

By objecting that he is not involved in the decision-making process he stressed that more money is needed for the army.

Minister Radmila Šekerinska stressed that the road towards forming the army in the last 25 years was fraught with numerous challenges for which, as she said, most of the ARM members know that better than her and other previous and future ministers.

Shekjerinska doesn’t want to comment Moscow’s requests for interview transcripts

Skopje, 16 August, 2017 - 12:12 (META) 

The Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekjerinska doesn’t plan to ask for the transcripts from the interview she gave for the British news agency “Bloomberg,” informs the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for Meta.

“The Minister of Defense has no intention to interfere in the work of domestic or foreign media and because of that we don’t want to comment the demands of the Russian MFA to be sent the interview transcript,” said the MoD.

The Ministry stressed that Minister Shekjerinska has given statements for other media that are already available to the public.

“The Government’s stance including Minister Shekjerinska regarding the strategic goal for a membership into NATO and good relations with the countries partners of the international community including Russia are clear and unequivocal,” said the MoI.

Russia is asking for transcripts from Šekerinska’s interview with “Bloomberg”

Moscow, 15 August, 2017 - 18:35 (META) 

Accusations made against Moscow for alleged interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia have been rendered unfounded, said spokeswoman from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marija Zakharova, regarding Minister of Defense, Radmila Šekerinska’s interview with the “Bloomberg” agency.

Zakharova, according to “Sputnik”, said such statements are contradictory to the position of Skopje and the efforts of the Macedonian authorities to develop constructive relations with Russia and strengthen bilateral cooperation.

“Considering that the previous victim of “Bloomberg” was recently Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić, we urge the agency to publish the full text of the interview, as well as as the audio and video footage of the conversation with Šekerinska”, said Zakharova, adding that such accusations come from russophobes who make public false and unfounded allegations.

She determined that they believe the insinuations are attempts by the enemies of Russia and Macedonia to complicate the traditionally friendly relations between the two countries.

“They are trying to turn the attention of the public from the real threats, such as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Macedonia, especially by involving countries in NATO, without taking national interests into account”, said Zakharova.

She pointed out that the Russian MFA calls on Macedonia to clarify whether Šekerinska’s comments, which were published by “Bloomberg”, are true, as no one has denied it so far.

“Bloomberg” recently published an interview with Šekerinska, where she said that the new Government is stepping up efforts for Macedonia to join NATO, arguing that membership in the military alliance will protect the country from Russian interference.

Šekerinska: NATO membership will protect Macedonia from Russian interference

Skopje, 9 August, 2017 - 13:27 (META) 

The NATO membership will protect Macedonia from Russia’s interference in Macedonia’s internal affairs, said the Minister of Defence, Radmila Šekerinska , in an interview with the Bloomberg news agency.

“We’ve seen some leaks, even before the government was elected, about Russian attempts for influence in key political and security areas. And we have been concerned about them. We believe Macedonian NATO membership can put an end to these attempts” – said Shekjerinska.

She said that the government led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is trying to improve the relations with Greece and in a time span of 9 months to implement the reforms in order for the country to become a NATO member faster.

The country needs to address issues regarding the rule of law and judicial independence that are now seen as a problem for Macedonia’s NATO entry. We’ll stay committed to making these reforms a reality, but we’ll keep asking NATO member states to appreciate these efforts, take into account the results and make decisions as soon as possible- said Šekerinska .

The Minister of Defense said that Macedonia will follow the example of Montenegro, a country that became a member of NATO and that the country in 2018 will start boosting defense spending in 2018 from below 1 percent of the gross domestic product.

Šekerinska – Althauser: Macedonia should be there where it belongs – part of NATO and the EU

Skopje, 22 June, 2017 - 17:03 (META) 

With the realization of the reformatory procedures in the domain of rule of law, freedom of the press and control over the executive power, in a very brief time we shall show that Macedonia can be seen as a country that has established the essence of the democratic principles. This was stressed by the Minister of Defence, Radmila Šekerinska during today’s meeting with the Ambassador of Germany, Christine Althauser.

Šekerinska’s cabinet says she has expressed her gratitude for Germany’s continuous support for Macedonia on its way towards full membership into NATO and the processes for reforms and modernization of the armed forces.

“The Ministry of Defence is dedicated to membership in NATO as our strategic goal and will work on promoting the transparency of the institution and the process of modernization of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia,” said the Minister of Defence.

Althauser has stressed at the meeting that Germany is supporting the integration of Macedonia in the Euro-Atlantic organizations.

“Macedonia has to be there where it belongs – integrated into NATO and the European Union,” said the German Ambassador.

Zaev is re-elected as SDSM leader and asks for patience and promises a present and future for all

Skopje, 27 May, 2017 - 20:50 (META) 

At the 22nd Congress of SDSM, the leader of the party, Zoran Zaev was re-elected again as President of the party, while Radmila Šekerinska was re-elected as Vice President.

From the 723 delegates, 643 voted at the Congress, and from that number 597 delegates gave their support to Zaev, who was the only candidate for party leader. At the Congress, members of the Central and Supervisory Board were also elected.

In his closing speech, Zaev thanked the delegates for their support and said he was honoured to lead the party.

“This support, for me is an obligation. I will continue to work with even more determination and faith that we can create a present for all and build a future for all. We have a long road ahead of us, and we ask of you for patience. We will work closely and devotedly. We will build a society of values and equal opportunities. We will have unitary state, guided by democratic values and human rights. Macedonia should be proud, the people took down the regime with the pen and we are close to forming a pro reform European government”, said Zaev.

The keyword that showed how everything functions everywhere is trust, stated Vice President Šekerinska, who also said that the party wants to restore life in Macedonia.

“It was not easy, but step by step, we created an impression that we are the people who know where to take the country and the party. Our goal is known, clear, hard and possible. And that’s forgetting the past 11 lost years and restoring Macedonia towards NATO and the EU. I promise you, that together we will work in favour of Macedonia and in four years time, we will be proud of what we have done”, added Šekerinska.

The Congress lasted for six hours, and the open part of the gathering was attended by the Mayors of DUI, Teuta Arifi, Izet Mexhiti and Nevzat Bejta, the leader of the Besa Movement, Bilal Kasami, the leader of the Dignity party, Stojanche Angelov, former officials from SDSM and MEPs and representatives from sister parties of SDSM.