NATO eyeing up Macedonia

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June 12th, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti – By Inessa Sinchougova

The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said that he supports Macedonia’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance in the future. The announcement was made in Brussels in the framework of the meeting with the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev.

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As for the name of the country of Macedonia, the solution must be found within the framework of the UN, said Stoltenberg. He also urged Macedonian authorities to continue the course of reforms aimed at maintaining political stability. The Secretary General has called ‘unacceptable’, the attempts to put external pressure on Macedonia due to its desire to become a member of the EU and join NATO.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Macedonia said that the country is ready to join NATO under the abbreviation BRYUM – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The dispute with Greece which arose because of the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, emerged after its break from Yugoslavia in 1991. Athens sought to change the name of the neighboring republic, to avoid it being confused with the Greek region of Macedonia, and block Skopje’s accession to the EU and NATO. 

Last month, Montenegro officially became a part of NATO, creating much discontent across the Balkans which were once bombed by the alliance. 

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