Tsipras: Greek planes will monitor North Macedonia air space

Tsipras: Greek planes will monitor North Macedonia air space

Tsipras: Greek planes will monitor North Macedonia air space Izvor: Reuters

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in Skopje during the first visit of an Athens PM to the neighbouring country on Tuesday Greece’s plane will watch over the sky above North Macedonia, the Beta news agency reported.

At a joint news conference with North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev Tsipras told reporters that the monitoring of the neighbouring country's air space was agreed in a document signed by the two defence ministers.

He added that Athens would not charge Skopje for the service since according to Tsipras, the most important thing for Greece was the stability of the neighbouring and regional countries.

Zaev and Tsipras signed an Action plan on strengthening overall cooperation of their countries in line with the so-called Prespa deal the two agreed on last June, ending the 27-year-old dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic which blocked Macedonia from Euro-Atlantic integration. It is renamed North Macedonia.

The deal was described as the biggest European Union political success in 2018.

The two countries agreed to cooperate in the energy sector, traffic, infrastructure, health service and to accelerate North Macedonia’s integration with the European Union.

“My visit is the first by a Greek prime minister and is a historic step forward in the Balkans and Europe. We are here to find a solution and look ahead of us, to build bridges instead of walls,” Tsipras told reporters.

Zaev said Tsipras’ historic visit was an expression of a healthy joint politics and a clear sign of resolving open issues as a contribution to a new Balkans.

“When you look back, you see missed opportunities, but when you look ahead you see open possibilities and common interests,” Zaev said.

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