NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg repeated on Monday that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia cannot join the alliance before the ratification of the name deal it reached with Greece earlier this year.
"There is no plan B," Stoltenberg said during a joint press conference with Serbian president Aleksandar Vukic after inaugurating the civil emergency exercise Srbija 2018.
"It's a platform for first responders to learn from each other in order to receive the real experiences together and to better prepare for times when we face life's emergency situations," Stoltenberg said in Mladenovac, near Belgrade, on Monday.
He thanked President Aleksandar Vucic for his personal contribution in order for this exercise to be realized.
Russia on Thursday accused western countries of trying to drag the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) into the NATO military alliance, even after the Balkan country's electoral commission ruled Sunday's referendum - which overwhelmingly endorsed the name-change - invalid because of low turnout.
According to a press release, during the visit Stoltenberg will meet with President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
On October 8, Stoltenberg will join Vucic for the opening ceremony of the civil emergency exercise "Srbija 2018", co-organized by the NATO Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center (EADRCC) and the Serbian Ministry of Interior, NATO said.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) can only become member of the NATO military alliance if it implements an accord with Greece to change the country's name, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said.
The NATO chief spoke after the agreement won overwhelming support in a referendum Sunday, but with low voter turnout.
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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has urged Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to ratify the name deal signed by the two countries in June.
In an interview to Kathimerini, Stoltenberg said NATO cannot force any country to do something it doesn't want, but expressed confidence that the agreement will be implemented in Greece and FYROM.