Palmer: North Macedonia soon to become NATO’s 30th member

Matthew Palmer, US special envoy to the Western Balkans, said he was confident that North Macedonia would soon become NATO’s 30th member.

“There are several member states that should ratify the accession protocol, including the United States. It requires an internal procedure in the Senate and hopefully everything will be completed by December. If that doesn’t happen, then we will set another date in a few months,” Palmer said in an interview with Montenegro Radio and Television as cited by Radio Free Europe.

According to Palmer, the US supports a stable Western Balkans integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions, unlike Russia, which wants a region based on disorder and distrust.

“We see the Western Balkans as a member of the family of Western countries, integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions, as countries that cooperate on the basis of rules and norms. The Russians have shown they want a region based on disorder and distrust. I think we saw this most clearly in Montenegro when the Russians backed the coup in 2016 to prevent the country from joining NATO,” Palmer said.