Skopje’s PM to NATO summit: Leaving vacuum in this region not an option

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Source: Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via Reuters

North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told NATO summit in Brussels on Monday that the entire Western Balkans needed “to have a crystal clear Euro-Atlantic and European Union perspective.”

“Leaving a vacuum in our part of Europe is not an option. We need a predictable, credible and re-intensified EU and NATO integration processes,” Zaev told the summit where his country participated for the first time after becoming the 30th NATO member state in March 2020.

Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia are NATO member states, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia still refuse to join.

Kosovo cannot join yet since not all NATO member states have recognised it as an independent country.