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Neighbourhood watch: Greece and North Macedonia co-operate on airspace surveillance

09 April 2019

The defence ministries of Greece and the newly renamed Republic of North Macedonia have reached an agreement allowing Greece to monitor civilian air traffic in its northern neighbour’s airspace.

During a visit on 2 April to the North Macedonian capital Skopje, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras noted that the Hellenic Air Force will provide air traffic control radar monitoring services to North Macedonia. This will boost “the safety of flights in its airspace”, Tsipras said.

Greece provides similar services (with Italy) to Albania and Montenegro. These countries are both NATO members, a status which may in future be attained by North Macedonia now that its dispute between Greece over its past name – Macedonia – has been resolved.

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