The upgrade will bring Kuçova Air Base up to NATO standards by renovating the runway, taxiways, and storage facilities and will increase the readiness of the alliance and interoperability of its members.
Albania in the Balkans, especially in the western Balkans, becomes a critical place
"When you take a look at the Adriatic, when you take a look at the southern flank of the European continent, and its proximity in the region towards the European continent, it is important to have peace and prosperity" said Commander of NATO's Allied Air Command, General Tod D. Wolters. "Hence, Albania in the Balkans, especially in the western Balkans, becomes a critical place," he added.
Albania joined NATO in 2009 and has contributed to multiple NATO operations and missions, including the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia, Kosovo Force as well as Operation EUFOR "ALTHEA" in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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