U.S. President Joe Biden’s decree shows that the interest of the United States, one of our closest allies, for the Western Balkans is not lost, but getting stronger, Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska told reporters after Thursday’s army ceremony of aviation VING on the unit’s day.
According to Shekerinska, the decree sends two messages – the agreements that provided solution to issues in the Balkans are an investment in the security of the Balkans, and all countries in the wider region are expected to demonstrate strong fight against corruption.
“All of them, including the Prespa Agreement, are perceived, interpreted and considered by the United States as a guarantee for the security and stability in the region. The second message is that it’s not enough just to solve political problems, but all countries in the wider region are expected to demonstrate strong fight against corruption. I believe that both messages sent by the United States are welcome for all of us who want to live in a better region, which is not only part of the Euro-Atlantic family and NATO, but part of a Euro-Atlantic culture of rile of law, democratic values, free media, prosperity,” Shekerinska said.
Only those trying to destabilize the country can have problems with the decree, she pointed out.
“The message is clear that the engagement will continue, and not only behind closed doors, but will be explicit and public,” said Shekerinska.