North Macedonia enters NATO after ratification by Spain

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MADRID, (BM) – The Spanish Senate has ratified a video record of NATO’s membership of NATO in northern Macedonia, removing the last obstacle to becoming a 30th member of the alliance, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Radio Free Europe.

Read more: NATO Expects North Macedonia to Join the Alliance in 2020

The organization’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg announced this on Wednesday. Spain was the last country to give its consent in order for NATO to join NATO.

Spanish King Felipe is yet to sign the instrument of ratification, which will then be sent to the US Department of State for deposit. Washington will then send a notification to NATO Headquarters in Brussels. At this point, Northern Macedonia will officially become the 30th member of the alliance.

The Protocol of Accession of Northern Macedonia to NATO was signed by the Permanent Representatives of the 29 Member States on 6 February 2019. The document then went through a ratification process in each country.

Greece was the first to ratify the protocol and the Treaty of Prespa, which changed the name of our southeastern neighbor to the Republic of Northern Macedonia, entered into force.

Read more: NATO to North Macedonia: We’re Ready to Welcome You

The name dispute between Skopje and Athens was the final obstacle to Macedonia’s NATO entry. It was decided by the contract of Prespa.

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