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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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Greece, FYROM slam Russia’s criticism of Prespes Macedonia deal

With the ratification of the Prespes Agreement considered as imminent and certain, Russia has clearly raised objections against the name change of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into “North Macedonia.” A day before his visit to Belgrade, Serbia, on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin blamed the USA and some Western …

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US warns to sanction Turkey over S-400 missiles purchase from Russia

The United States has warned Turkey over the purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia. In an exclusive statement to a Greek news website Hellas Journal, a representative of the State Department expressed Washington’s concerns over the purchase and threatened with sanctions and repercussions in defense trade. “an S-400 …

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Russia: FYROM parliament vote “rigged” by the U.S. “with threats, bribes and…”

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the vote in FYROM parliament vote to approve a proposed change to the country’s name, was “rigged” by the U.S. with “blackmail, threats and bribes,” international media report Monday afternoon. In a statement Monday, the ministry accused the U.S. of orchestrating an “unfair vote” …

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Kremlin confirms Greek PM Tsipras to visit Russia in December

The Kremlin confirmed media reports about the upcoming visit of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow.  The visit takes place after bilateral relations soured and both countries expelled diplomats, when Greece accused Russian diplomats of  meddling into the country’s domestic affairs and acting against the national security. The Russian …

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“Holy War”: Russia’s Orthodox Church cuts ties with Ecumenical Patriarchate

Russia’s Orthodox Church said it would no longer participate in structures chaired by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, it suspends all services with top priests of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and will no longer commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in its services. The decisions taken at a meeting of …

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Russians tried to hack Greek Orthodox clergy incl Ecumenical Patriarch’s top aides

The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found, illustrating the high stakes as Kiev and Moscow wrestle over the religious future of Ukraine. …

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Fresh tension between Moscow and Athens over visas to Russian Orthodox priests

A fresh tension sparked in the relations between Greece and Russia after Russian Orthodox priests claimed that they have been denied visas. Moscow said it was waiting for a clarification on the issue by the Greek side. Athens replied with a sharp statement in which it accused the former ally …

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Majority of FYROM population supports name change, poll reveals

The majority of population in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) supports Macedonia agreement with Greece and intends to vote Yes in the relevant referendum on September 30, a poll revealed. A new survey showed that FYROM’s population supports both the NATO and EU membership bids and the new …

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Russia expels two Greek diplomats in retaliation move

Russia has expelled two Greek diplomats and forbade entrance to the country to the director of the political office of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. Moscow’s retaliation comes almost a month after Athens expelled two Russian diplomats for promoting protests against the Macedonia Agreement with FYROM. Greek ambassador to Moscow …

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FM Kotzias: Chicken-hearted diplomacy is for the coop, not for foreign policy

“The time when being chicken-hearted was considered diplomacy is over. This is diplomacy for the coop not for the foreign police,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in an interview on Sunday. His message was clear and was defending the latest policy of eternal ally Russia and the expulsion of …

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Russian FM Lavrov cancels visit to Greece in diplomatic row

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s planned visit to Greece this autumn has been reportedly cancel, as “the timing is no longer suitable,” Russia’s ambassador to Athens  Andrei Maslov told TASS news agency on Thursday.  Greek officials had invited Lavrov in June before the diplomatic row over Macedonia and FYROM broke …

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Zaev admits there is no documentation “Greek-Russian businessman” funded anti-Macedonia protests

FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that there was no need for the country’s authorities to submit documents to Greece that want to begin investigations that it was a Greek businessman of Russian origin who was named as the financier for the protests of the fan group “Komiti” in “Macedonia.” …

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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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Russian FM: US clearly behind Greece’s decision to expel diplomats

Τhe expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Greece is unfounded and could seriously damage bilateral relations, the Russian Foreign ministry said on Friday. Moscow’s reaction comes a day after the US State Department said in a statement it supports Greece against “malicious Russian influence.” “It appears that Washington, which openly …

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