Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska speaking before the NATO summit in Brussels addressed the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia with a video message.

In the video statement Minister Shekerinska emphasized that Macedonia will sit at the same table with world powers in the next two days, and that it will officially receive an invitation to join NATO.

“We missed this chance in 2008 and since then things have gone wrong. We have seen what it means to live in an uncertain country and in an unstable region. We have passed through many crises, and the state stagnated in all areas. Dear fellow citizens, in the past 10 years, one thing has become clear – without clear perspectives for NATO and EU membership, the future of Macedonia is uncertain. NATO membership is a historic opportunity that we must now utilise. Thus, the Republic of Macedonia will become a partner and ally with the most powerful countries in the world. NATO membership will bring stability and security for the Republic of Macedonia and its citizens. But it will also bring a chance for faster economic development and prosperity”, said the minister.

Shekerinska stressed that major changes have taken place, bringing big steps forward, and difficult problems have been solved.

“We have made major reforms, we have solved serious problems. We have shown that Macedonia can do better. I am proud of what we have achieved, we are moving forward”, she said in her video address.