James Mattis, the Head of Pentagon, stated that he would visit Macedonia before the referendum on the changing of the country’s name. The visit is scheduled for the end of this week, as DW reported.
At the same time, Mattis noted that Russian was trying to interfere in the voting in Macedonia.
“I am worried about that. Those malicious actions which Russia performed from Estonia to the U.S., from Ukraine and to Macedonia now, - they always adapted their tactic to a particular situation and always did it regardless of any moral principles,” he said.
The referendum on renaming Macedonia is scheduled for September 30.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Macedonia would be invited to the negotiations on joining NATO right after the issue of renaming is solved. Stoltenberg stated that the recent agreement of the country with Greece on the renaming of the country into Northern Macedonia and the end of a long-term conflict was“a historic agreement, which provides a historic opportunity” for Skopje to join NATO.
Earlier, on June 17, the treaty on the renaming of the former Yugoslavian republic Macedonia was signed in Greek Prespes.