Zaev says Greeks have nothing to fear from FYROM

Amid uncertainty over the outcome of the name deal reached between Athens and Skopje two weeks ago, the prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Zoran Zaev, has urged Greeks not to be frightened of his country.

"Don't be frightened of our small country, we don't want to take anything from you, we are neither claiming territory nor your cultural heritage, we don't want to change borders. What we do want is cooperation in trade and tourism," he said during a speech at the Vienna-based Austrian Institute for International Affairs.

The deal, which foresees FYROM being called North Macedonia, was struck by Zaev and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the shores of Lake Prespes in northern Greece and has drawn vehement opposition in both countries.

In Greece, the ruling coalition of leftist SYRIZA and nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL) has...

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