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DEF21 In North Macedonia ~ 26 April DV Day

North Macedonia soldiers awaiting the arrival of the North Macedonia Minister of Defence and the US Ambassador, 26 April 2021 [US Army: Sgt. Craig Jensen]

The Republic of North Macedonia, NATO’s newest member, is now participating in the DEFENDER-Europe 21 deployment and exercises.

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On Monday 26th April, the official beginning of DEFENDER-Europe 21 or DEF21, North Macedonian Minister of Defence Radmila Šekerinska and Ambassador of the United States to North Macedonia Kate Marie Byrnes visited troops on the Krivolak military training area near Negotino. North Macedonia, a former Yugoslav Republic, became a full NATO member state on 27th March 2020.

US Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes greets North Macedonian soldiers at Krivolak training area, 26 April 2021
[US Army: Sgt. Craig Jensen]

DEFENDER-Europe 21, an annual large-scale US Army Europe and Africa-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build strategic and operational readiness and interoperability between US, NATO allies and Partner Nations.

North Macedonian Minister of Defence Radmila Šekerinska greets the US leadership team from the 15th Engineer Battalion, 902nd Engineer Construction Company at Krivolak, 26 April 2021
[US Army: Sgt. Craig Jensen]
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