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Macedonia: Vucic is delaying the dialogue to wait for the end of the war in Ukraine

"I estimate that the war in Ukraine, i.e. the Russian invasion in Ukraine, in some way has influenced the destabilization of the Western Balkans region and the encouragement of certain elements within the state structures of Serbia, but also other elements found in the region to develop stability activities and to undermine the region's integration into the European Union and NATO. This was openly manifested on September 24 of last year, when a group of armed and uniformed paramilitaries supported by the security structures of the Republic of Serbia attempted a seizure of land, a partial invasion of a part of the territory of our country. Macedonia said

The Minister of Defense, Ejup Macedonia, said on Thursday that the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić, is neglecting the conclusion of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, as he is waiting for the outcome of the war in Ukraine.

He said that Vučić is waiting for the result of Russia's war against Ukraine in order to assess the situation, which would be favorable for the state of Serbia.

"We appreciate that President Vučić, the current politics in Serbia are neglecting the issue of concluding the dialogue, the agreement in order to wait for the result of the war in Ukraine, the result to take sides, which they consider to be good for them," he said. declared Macedonia, he did not speak at the Balkan Summit about disinformation.

He said that the global security environment has changed, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine has manifested itself with the incidents and fighting that are happening in the Middle East, but also with the increase in tensions in the Western Balkans, including the north of Kosovo.

"I estimate that the war in Ukraine, that is, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, in some way has also influenced the destabilization of the Western Balkans region and the encouragement of certain elements within the state structures of Serbia, but also other elements found in the region to develop activities of stability and to undermine the region's integration into the European Union and NATO. This was openly manifested on September 24 of last year, when a group of armed and uniformed paramilitaries supported by the security structures of the Republic of Serbia attempted a land grab, a partial invasion of a part of the territory of our country. Macedonia said.

He said that the groups of the September 24 terrorist attack in Banjska used deep weapons in the state factories of the Republic of Serbia and that they were trained by military instructors.

"This was also done with the influence that the Russian secret service has in Serbian society, but also in the institutions of the Republic of Serbia... We have evidence that these groups, based on the facts that have been found, have used deep weapons in the state factories of the Republic of Serbia , have been trained by military instructors, and we suspect that during this period since the Russian humanitarian center exists in Nis, they may have been trained and prepared by this center", he said.

Macedonia has emphasized that there is a comprehensive transition plan that foresees the creation of defense capacity, which has been under construction since 2019 and will culminate in the third phase, which will begin from 2025 to 2028. when the Security Force (FSK) will be supported by other necessary military elements.

Macedonia has also emphasized that it is working on the construction of a national training center for cyber security, which will be inaugurated on March 26. He added that the Ministry of Defense and the KSF have mechanisms to deal with disinformation.

"In this aspect, the Ministry of Defense and Security Forces of Kosovo has its own mechanisms to deal with it, everything starts with an analysis that is done in our system, more precisely in our decision-making processes, the first stage is always the analysis that means from that analysis to draw conclusions, and to separate the assumptions from the facts, but also to separate the part of disinformation, which is a method highlighted recently", declared Maqedonci.

In this summit, among other things, disinformation, the war in Ukraine, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the media, and China's influence in the Middle East were discussed.