“With a High NATO Delegation in Skopje, led by James Mackey, head of the Euro-Atlantic & Global Partnership office at NATO, defacto accession negotiations for NATO membership begin, said NATO co-ordinator Stevo Pendarovski at a news conference today.

‘We are very pleased that we have a NATO delegation that was created immediately after the decision was made in Brussels, which means that NATO is ready to respond immediately to the commitments it has been saying for years, and that is the so-called open door policy. They intend to fulfill their obligations, and we have to fulfill ours,’ said Pendarovski.

He added that the delegation will discuss variant issues with relevant representatives from institutions related to the accession process.

‘Of course, they will not discuss the political issue that is our homework, I am primarily talking about the Prespa Accord, but for everything else that is typical of accession negotiations with any candidate country. This means from military-technical issues to the legal and financial implications of our full membership in the alliance in the future,’ Pendarovski said, adding that Macedonia will confirm that it is practically prepared for serious talks within this phase of the accession negotiations.” (Meta)