NATO’s responsibility for policing the airspace of Northern Macedonia


On December 9 took place at Northern Macedonia the ceremony of taking over the airspace policing (FIR) of Northern Macedonia by NATO, which until recently Greece had, following a technical settlement agreement between the two countries signed in September 2019.

As announced by General Staff of National Defense (GEETHA), the undertaking of the policing of the Balkan country is part of the processes of full integration of Northern Macedonia in the Alliance but also in the NATO events for the completion of 60 years of Air Policing activities.

At the ceremony at Skopje International Airport were attended by the Minister of Defense Radmila Sekerinska as well as MPs and Government Officials of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Ambassador of Greece in Skopje Roussos Koundouros, the US Ambassador to Skopje Kate Byrnes, the Chief of Staff General Aviation Vice Admiral Themistoklis Bourolias and Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) Commander Torrejon Rear Admiral Fernando De La Cruz Caravaca.

As part of the event, a NATO E-3A aircraft and two Greek F-16 fighter jets, while a virtual scenario of simulation of interception was implemented in a civil aircraft of the type Learjet that participated in the event, which was completed with a static exposure of all the aircraft.  

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