Pendarovski: North Macedonia may face turbulent situations

“The security situation in the country is stable. There are no indications from inside or outside to endanger the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of North Macedonia. However, we must bear in mind that there is a period that may be turbulent as we await the country’s NATO membership and the possible opening of talks with the EU.” This was stated by President Stevo Pendarovski after the first constitutive meeting of the Security Council of the Republic of North Macedonia, held after three years.

The conclusion was that the Republic of Northern Macedonia in the next 40-50 days enters a period that can be turbulent both politically and in terms of security, because you know that in the last period we are expecting ratification regarding membership in NATO. And it is understood that in the middle of next month we expect the date for the start of negotiations with the EU, – President Pendarovski said.

According to him, in the coming period, attention should be paid to the development of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. VMRO-DPMNE opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski was also invited to the Security Council meeting, but he did not know why the latter was not present. Members of the Security Council include Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, and directors of state security bodies. Trajan Gocevski, Veton Latifi and Nenad Markovic are also part of the Council.