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US Senate approves North Macedonia’s entry into NATO

Washington, Oct 23 North Macedonia is set to become NATO’s 30th member as the US Senate overwhelmingly approved North Macedonia’s accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in a 91-2 vote .

The decision marked a victory for Skopje after the European Union decided not to initiate membership talks with the government.

It also sends a broader message of support to Europe and deterrence in the region, said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, R-Idaho.

The former Yugoslav republic has sought the NATO membership for long, but Greece blocked its effort over the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia, fearing that the name indicates territorial ambitions over the northern Greek province of Macedonia.

Macedonia and Greece resolved the name dispute by signing the UN-brokered Prespa Agreement in June 2018, paving the way for the latter’s NATO membership.

The Permanent Representatives of 29 NATO member states signed the protocol on Macedonia’s accession in Brussels this February.

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