The 15th session of the Security Council was held today, 24 February 2022, in the Cabinet of the President to discuss the security situation in the country and the region related to the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The regular members of the Council were present at the session: the President of the Assembly, Talat Xhaferi, the Prime Minister, Dimitar Kovacevski, the Minister of Defense, Slavjanka Petrovska, the Minister of Interior, Oliver Spasovski, as well as the members appointed by the President: Trajan Gocevski, Nenad Markovic and Veton Ljatifi.
At the invitation of the President, the Director of the Intelligence Agency, the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency and the Chief of the General Staff of the Army also attended the session of the Council.
The session was attended via video link by the Ambassador of North Macedonia to NATO and the Ambassador in Kiev, who informed about the latest developments in Ukraine and the activities undertaken within NATO.
The Security Council at the session condemned the military actions taken by Russia against Ukraine which have already resulted in casualties and material loss.
The members of the Council stated that the security situation in the country is stable. It is necessary for the competent institutions to continue to monitor the situation and to prepare possible scenarios in accordance with the developments, in order to act in a timely manner.
It was informed at the session that the country has enough commodity reserves and energy. The competent institutions are tasked to monitor the situation on a daily basis, in order to intervene if necessary.
Regarding the Macedonian citizens in Ukraine, the state has taken the necessary measures for their safe evacuation, as well as the employees in our Embassy in Kiev.
As a NATO member, North Macedonia is in regular coordination with the Alliance and the Allies regarding the future activities that will be undertaken by the Allies.
The members of the Council were informed about the activities undertaken by the Government, in the context of the package of EU restrictive measures, which was joined by North Macedonia, and which include targeted measures for a number of politicians and business people who played a role in the situation in Ukraine. They are banned from traveling through EU countries, as well as from access to EU funds.
The Security Council calls on all political actors to act responsibly and to refrain from making provocative remarks and spreading disinformation that are contrary to the national interests of the country, given that we are a member of NATO.