Two-day NATO Summit ended in London on Wednesday with the adoption of declaration which says that the Alliance remains open for new members.
“We are committed to NATO’s Open Door policy, which strengthens the Alliance and has brought security to millions of Europeans. North Macedonia is here with us today and will soon be our newest Ally. We are committed to the success of all our operations and missions”, reads the Declaration adopted by heads of state and heads of government of 29 NATO Member States.
“NATO guarantees the security of our territory and our one billion citizens, our freedom, and the values we share, including democracy, individual liberty, human rights, and the rule of law. Solidarity, unity, and cohesion are cornerstone principles of our Alliance”, the Declaration reads.
The Declaration also reminds that NATO is a defensive Alliance and poses no threat to any country. However, “we, as an Alliance, are facing distinct threats and challenges emanating from all strategic directions”. “Russia’s aggressive actions constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security; terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a persistent threat to us all. State and non-state actors challenge the rules-based international order. Instability beyond our borders is also contributing to irregular migration. We face cyber and hybrid threats”, the Declaration reads.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference after the Summit that NATO believed North Macedonia’s membership was good not only for the country, but for the entire Western Balkans region as well.
James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, told reporters that NATO’s interest in the Western Balkans had grown significantly over the past several years, mainly because of Russia’s and China’s activities in the region.