Macedonia to officially join NATO on Friday

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Macedonia is expected to deliver paperwork to the U.S. State Department on Friday that will officially make it the 30th member of the NATO alliance, wrote American defense publication Defense News.

The move has been all but finished since Spain became the last nation to ratify the ascension effort last week. In a March 20 letter to North Macedonian Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg officially invited the former Yugoslavian country to become the 30th member of the alliance, read the article.

The U.S. Department of State said Wednesday that the conditions for the entry into force of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia, done at Brussels on February 6, 2019, were met on March 19, 2020.

“The Protocol entered into force on March 19, 2020, in accordance with Article II of the Protocol,” the State Department said.

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