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Macedonia is officially new NATO member

Staff Writer |
Nato states have signed an agreement with Macedonia, clearing the way for the Balkan nation to become the military alliance's 30th member.

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Each Nato member will now need to ratify the accession protocol. Last month the Greek parliament backed a deal ending a 27-year row over its northern neighbour's name.

They approved the name Republic of North Macedonia. Greece had blocked Macedonia's membership saying the name implied territorial ambitions.

The Greek region of Macedonia includes the country's second city Thessaloniki. Greek lawmakers approved the deal despite widespread opposition from the public.

Macedonia's Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said the country would change its name "in a matter of days" following the signing of the accession protocol.

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