Sekerinska: Procedure for Procurement of US Army Equipment by end of 2019


Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia Radmila Šekerinska during a visit to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2018. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

The Deputy PM and Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska announced on Wednesday that the Macedonian Army (ARM) will be able to procure military vehicles from the US Army by the end of 2019. “The Law on Public Procurements allows ARM to conduct modernisation processes in cooperation with a member-state of NATO, without interference of individual interests of natural or legal entities. The procurement is part of the plan of the Pentagon for providing assistance to allies of the US for replacement of military equipment made in Russia or former USSR. I hope that now we can start serious negotiations with the US Army and conduct this project,” Sekerinska said. Asked by reporters to comment on the “Racketeering” case, Sekerinska said that this case proves that no one is above the law in Macedonia. “After this case, we finally see that nothing is like before in North Macedonia. If few years ago the cases of extortion were a taboo for the citizens, today they feel free to report such cases to the authorities. No one is protected by the government and no one obstructs the investigation. The law must be effective for all,” Sekerinska said.