Putin Says Greece-FYROM Name Deal US Balkans Strategy

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Stepping up criticism after leaving it to other officials, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a deal that Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras made to rename the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was put together by the United States to increase its influence in the Balkans.

In an interview with Serbia’s Vecernje Novosti newspaper ahead of his scheduled visit to the country later this week, Putin said that the FYROM name deal to call the country North Macedonia was forced from outside against popular will in a bid to draw the country into the NATO military alliance.

He also said the US was destabilizing the Balkan peninsula by “asserting their dominant role” in the region.

That came as Russia rejected Greek claims of meddling in internal affairs and that the issue would be brought up before the United Nations Security Council.

“We are in no way meddling in Greece’s internal affairs, but Russia will be expressing its point of view on the issues within the competence of the UN Security Council,” said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, according to Kathimerini.

Grushko said the Russian Foreign Ministry statement was a fundamental assessment of “how negotiations (between Greece and FYROM) had proceeded.”

He said the West’s interference was unprecedented and was aimed at achieving clear geopolitical goals without mentioning the US said that was Russia’s aim as well, with Greece finding itself in the middle trying to play to both sides.

As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia could veto the deal in how the United Nations would call FYROM but political analysts have said it would be unlikely once it gets to that point.

The agreement to call FYROM as North Macedonia awaits a vote in the Greek Parliament and would also lift Greek vetoes barring that country from getting into the defense alliance and opening European Union accession talks.

It was brokered with the help of United Nations envoy Matthew Nimetz, an American lawyer who had tried for two decades to get it done and last year picked up talks again after a three-year break amid speculation the US wanted to keep Russian out of the Balkans.

It is aimed to end a 27-year-name feud that began when a New Democracy government allowed the new country emerging from the collapse of Yugoslavia to use the name of an ancient Greek province in what was supposed to be a temporary acronym.

But after successive FYROM governments kept claiming Greek lands, including the real Macedonia and second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki, Greece used its veto to keep the country out of NATO and EU hopes.

Tsipras, who has switched from anti-Americanism talk to cozying up to the US and broken his vow to take Greece out of NATO and not send Greek troops to help the alliance in foreign battles, had also gone to see Putin in Moscow recently.

That was to mend fences and bury the hatchet after Greece expelled two Russian diplomats, claiming they tried to undermine the FYROM name deal that’s also opposed by two-thirds of Greeks in surveys.

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  1. Well …He’s right! No doubt about it!

    And you can add….the strategy of making the Orthodox Church an enemy of the Anglo White Supremacist in our government …and now attempting to make our church an enemy of the rest of the world …thanks to the former leader of the Orthodox Church in Constantinople…..Bartholomew …now fully a collaborator of the United States and Nato …marching Europe and America to catastrophic war!

    This war is inevitable….yesterday, the boys in Washington ..have again torn up the INF treaty , like the Iranian nuclear agreement …and have eliminated the Start treaty…..which reduced nuclear weapons by the United States! The have restored the cold war ..based on more lies ……and no kidding …with a 26 trillion dollar national Debt… and with almost 50% of our countries revenue going to the military ….they have appropriated 1.2 trillion dollars …which was initiated by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama…to develope more horrific weapons of destruction …which now means China and Russia ..will have to go back to the Cold war days ..and begin another round of Arms race!

    These degenerates of war making…. are now using the Bread and butter money of America….to conquer the world …they are depraved maniacs…who have complete control of an undeclared Totalitarian government …that should be prosecuted for Treason!

    The Brain dead public …cannot even comprehend how they have been brainwashed ..to make enemies of Russia and China…who have never attacked the sovereingty of Americans…militarily, economically, or politically!

    The Truth is …that these degenerates know we are impotent to stop them …and the damage to our country is mostly irreparable!

    Therefore….it will be up to Russia and China….to stop these demons …like they did in Syria!

    Importantly, the latest edition of treason by Tsipras and the rest of the Nato alliance …is to support the withdrawal from the INF treaty by the United States…by allowing the United STates to place the prohibited Intermediate range nuclear warheads and missile…in Nato countries …and which are specifically directed at Russia!

    On the other hand ..Russia will develope quickly …there own Arsenal of Intermediate Nuclear Warheads …to be deployed …and now directly targeting in minutes …the people of Nato Europe ….like Greece!

    These degenerates are setting up the destruction of Europe ..like they did the Middle East…all based on lies and deceit!

    Only white supremacist ..could possibly beleive…that all of Europe is so inferior and stupid…that their leaders don’t understand this! But it is also …signs of Fascist …who could care less about what Europe does …because in the end…they will do what they are told!

    Throw U.S and Nato out….they do not represent the interest of the American people …only very, very sick power and money hungry mobsters!

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