Neighbouring Countries Provide Assistance for Forest Fires in North Macedonia

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski informed via Facebook that four helicopters from Serbia for dealing with forest fires have landed in the country and stand by in case an intervention over forest fires is necessary. “I thank my Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vulin and Serbian Assistant Minister for Crisis Situations Luka Causic for the assistance provided in these hard times. We managed to put most of the fires under control, and we still follow the situation with all fires around our country,” Spasovski wrote. Later on Tuesday, Vulin paid an official visit to the country, and joined Spasovski in control activities over the fires active near Staro Nagoricane. Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska also informed that the Defence Ministry is in communication with the Defence Ministry of Slovenia, from where they stated that they are ready to provide assistance for dealing with the fires too. President Stevo Pendarovski declared on the night between Monday and Tuesday alert for the entire Macedonian Army (ARM), with all its capacities standing ready to deal with the forest fires. Pendarovski also spoke on the phone with Bulgarian president Rumen Radev, who said that Bulgarian firefighting capacities are also standing by to provide help for dealing with the fires in the country. On this occasion, PM Zoran Zaev too spoke on the phone with Bulgarian Caretaker PM Stefan Yanev, who also promised assistance in case it is necessary.