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North Macedonia Hopes For NATO Accession Ratification In March

Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski speaks at a press conference in Warsaw on February 4.

Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski has said that he expects Spain, the last country that needs to ratify its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) accession, to be ready to do so next month.

"If everything goes according to plan concerning the political process, around March 10 that process should finish. There will remain some technical details that our parliament in Skopje will have to deal with," Pendarovski told reporters during a visit to Poland on February 4.

North Macedonia was granted a protocol on accession to NATO membership in February last year, after a 2018 agreement with Greece that changed the former Yugoslav republic's name from Macedonia, resolving a decades-long dispute between Skopje and Athens.

So far, 28 of NATO's 29 member states have ratified the accession protocol.

Based on reporting by Reuters