Macedonia: U.S. F-35 jets land in Skopje for exercises

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VIDEO SHOWS: U.S. F-35 FIGHTER JETS ON TARMAC AFTER ARRIVAL AT SKOPJE AIRPORT FOR EXERCISES, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL FROM VERMONT AIR NATIONAL GUARD TALKING ABOUT COOPERATION WITH NORTH MACEDONIA WITHIN NATO

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SHOWS: SKOPJE, NORTH MACEDONIA (JUNE 17, 2022) (REUTERS – Access all)

1. VARIOUS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL STANDING AROUND U.S. F-35 FIGHTER JETS AFTER LANDING AT MILITARY SECTION OF SKOPJE AIRPORT

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIEUTENANT COLONEL OF VERMONT AIR NATIONAL GUARD, JOHN MACRAE, SAYING:

“It is because of North Macedonia’s membership as a NATO ally that we can share the security that comes from air policing missions and the rapid deployment of advanced capabilities of the F-35 platform as demonstrated today. And it is because of the three decade-long relationship between Vermont and North Macedonia that the Vermont Air National Guard are particularly honoured to be landing our F-35s here in your country for the first time ever. North Macedonia provides NATO air forces training and resources through Petrovec military airport and Krivolak training area that we we need to maintain our readiness. And NATO air forces in turn have a chance to train alongside your air wing and army to ensure the present and future security of North Macedonia, the Balkan region and Europe as a whole.”

3. VARIOUS OF JETS ON RUNWAY

STORY: Two F-35 fighter jets landed at Skopje airport in North Macedonia on Friday to practice manoeuvres, U.S. air forces in Europe said on Friday (June 17) in a press release.

The jets, which belong to Vermont’s Air National Guard and are currently stationed in Germany’s Spangdahlem Air Base, performed rapid refueling and crew swaps, the press release said.

Vermont Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae said the arrival of the jets was particularly meaningful due to nearly three decades of cooperation between Vermont’s National Guard and North Macedonia.

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