North Macedonia. US leads exercise in new NATO member | WJHL
KRIVOLAK, North Macedonia (AP) — U.S. troops joined forces from Britain, France, Italy and regional allies Thursday in a military exercise held in the new member of the NATO, North Macedonia, aiming to show readiness for deployment along the alliance’s eastern borders.
Nearly 10,000 troops from 19 countries are taking part in NATO’s planned ‘rapid response’ drills as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues for a 12th week. The drills are taking place in five separate locations, ranging from Norway to North Macedonia, military officials said.
“I think it’s a fantastic demonstration of what we can do as an alliance and our ability to project combat power if called upon and how quickly we can do it,” the general said. of Division Peter B. Andrysiak, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army. for Europe and Africa, told reporters after an hour-long exhibition in North Macedonia.
Over the past 10 days, approximately 4,600 soldiers from Albania, France, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Montenegro, the United Kingdom and the United States took part in the exercises, which included parachute jumps in several places in the country.
North Macedonia officially joined NATO in March 2020. The small Balkan country of 1.8 million people has an active army of around 8,000.
___ Konstantin Testorides reported from Skopje, North Macedonia.