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Greece closes chapter “Macedonia” with ratification of FYROM’s accession to NATO

The plenary of the Greek Parliament ratified the “Ratification of the Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of North Macedonia” with a majority of 153 votes late on Friday. Opposition parties down voted the bill with 140 votes, one lawmaker voted “present.” During the roll-call voting procedure, …

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NATO accession protocol signed, FYROM to change name in a couple of days

The foreign ministers of NATO member states and FYROM signed the protocol on the “North Macedonia ‘s” accession to the North Atlantic alliance on Wednesday. The signature marks the final stage on FYROM’s path to becoming the 30th member of NATO. “This journey made us more mature, we have proven …

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NATO Allies to sign FYROM accession protocol on Feb 6

The Accession Protocol between the NATO and FYROM or North Macedonia will be signed on February, the General Secretary of the North Atlanic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg announced on Saturday. “On 6 February we will write history: NATO Allies will sign the accession protocol with the future Republic of North Macedonia …

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ANEL MP was asked to postpone resignation until FYROM accession to NATO vote

For a second time within days, Independent Greeks (ANEL) MP Thanassis Papachristopoulos, postponed his resignation. This time in order to facilitate the actually minority government to pass the NATO accession protocol for FYROM aka Northern Macedonia. Papachristopoulos went to the Parliament to submit his resignation on Friday morning, as he …

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NATO rushes to invite FYROM under its new name “North Macedonia”

FYROM Foreign Minister Nikolai Dimitrov received an invitation by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to join the North Atlantic Alliance. The letter addressed to the Republic of North Macedonia was received late Monday afternoon,  media report. The invitation of North Macedonia’s accession to the NATO came just three days after …

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Zaev claims “Greek businessmen” fund violent protests in FYROM against Macedonia deal

FYROM prime minister Zoran Zaev claimed that Greek pro-Russian businessmen pay for “violent protests” in his country with the aim to influence Referendum voters over the Macedonia agreement. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Zaev claimed further that the aim of these actions is to stop his country from joining …

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Juncker stumbles and sways at NATO Summit gala dinner (videos)

European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker was attending a gala dinner at the NATO summit in Brussels with world leaders including US President Donald Trump. A photo shooting was to take place. Juncker was seen stumbling, walking awkwardly and losing his balance several times. Juncker was swaying to the extent that …

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NATO formally invites FYROM to begin membership talks

NATO has formally invited FYROM to begin membership talks on joining the North Atlantic alliance. The invitation was issued on July 11 after the NATO Summit meeting in Brussels of heads of states from the 29 members. The invitation was expected after FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Greek Prime …

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Kammenos warns “either elections or referendum or 180 ratification votes” for Macedonia Agreement

The Macedonia Agreement will not be ratified without the consent of the people, Tsipras’ junior coalition partner ANEL said on Tuesday morning. In a press conference called early in the morning, ANEL leader and Greece’s Defense Minister, Panos Kammenos said there has to be either elections or a referendum on …

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NATO Stoltenberg: FYROM full membership only with full ratification and positive referendum outcome

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, that the NATO will invite the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to be full member of the North Atlantic Alliance only if it ratifies the Macedonia Agreement with Greece and YES will prevail in the referendum. Arriving at the European Union Council …

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Turkish Cargo rams Greek Gunboat “Armatolos” off Lesvos

Turkish cargo ship KARMATE rammed Greek gunboat “Armatolos” despite warnings it was on collision course. The incident took place at 4 o’ clock Friday morning  South-East off Lesvos within Greek territorial waters. The Turkish-flagged ship had deviated form its original course and fled into Turkish territorial waters. The gunboat was …

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Name dispute with Greece sole NATO impediment, says FYROM MOD

After repeated assurances from high-level U.N. and Macedonian officials that Skopje is poised to resolve its long-running name dispute with neighboring Greece, the Balkan nation’s defense chief says that issue may well be the only thing impeding its pending NATO accession, write VOA. Following Pentagon meetings with U.S. Defense Secretary …

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