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New 'patriotic' political party named Force of Hellenism

The name of the new political party formed by Dimitris Kammenos, an ultranationalist lawmaker who parted ways with coalition partner Independent Greeks in the summer over the Macedonia name deal, and Takis Baltakos, an ultra-conservative senior official in the New Democracy government of Antonis Samaras, is Force of Hellenism.

Stoltenberg: FYROM can only join NATO if it implements name deal

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) can only become member of the NATO military alliance if it implements an accord with Greece to change the country's name, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said.

The NATO chief spoke after the agreement won overwhelming support in a referendum Sunday, but with low voter turnout.

Macedonia could join NATO as early as January 2019?

"Accession negotiations have already started and I expect that we can complete them by January of next year," Stoltenberg told reporters ahead of Wednesday's meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.

"For Macedonia, there is no path to NATO other than accepting the agreement on changing the country's name," Stoltenberg added, Belgrade-based daily Blic reported on Tuesday.

Macedonia PM Defies Low Turnout to Push Name Change

AFP - Macedonia's government vowed Monday to push ahead with changing the country's name to appease Greece and build ties with the West, but opponents said low turnout in a referendum on the move made it illegitimate.

Premier Zoran Zaev wants to rename the Balkan state North Macedonia to end a long-running row with Athens and open a path to EU and NATO membership.

Μinutes of FYROM leaders' deliberations seen by Kathimerini

The minutes seen by Kathimerini of meetings between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's political party leaders about the negotiations with Greece before the name deal was signed in the Prespes lake district in June, indicate that they thought a deal would be easier to sign with a left-wing government in power in Greece.

Serbian President to Seek Putin's Support on Kosovo

Serbian President said that he will ask Vladimir Putin for Russia's "concrete political support" during his meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.

"I believe we will receive it from President Putin as we had in the previous period," Vucic told the media when asked if Kosovo will be on the agenda of the meeting, Vucic's Serbian Progressive Party said on its website.

"EU's reaction to Macedonia referendum very important to me"

"It's not my place to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign country... I'm afraid and it seems to me that some people from abroad underestimate us Balkan nations and think that they can do anything," Vucic said, adding:

Former football supporters group leader shot

The shooting happened on Sunday morning in Belgrade's Zvezdara municipality.

The city' emergency medical service said that a male had been shot in the legs, and then taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

Isakovic - who in the past played handball for Partizan - was a suspect in the 2011 murder of 20-year-old Ivan Perovic, but was acquitted of these charges by a court.

West Welcomes Macedonia Vote Backing New Name

AFP - Macedonian voters backed a plan to rename the country aimed at ending a decades-long spat with Greece and unlocking a path to NATO and EU membership, with the West welcoming the result although the referendum was marred by low turnout.

Macedonia Referendum Records Low Turnout, Both Sides Claim Victory

Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced he will forge ahead with his bid to pass the 'name' agreement with Greece through parliament, despite his "yes" campaign failing to draw enough voters to pass the turnout threshold required to make Sunday's historic referendum legally valid.

Zaev: Name deal must secure approval in Parliament, otherwise elections

After voting finished in a name change referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that despite a "boycott" he expected that the majority voted "yes" and that the result should be reflected in Parliament.

Kammenos: FYROM referendum 'invalid'

Greece's Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said in a tweet Sunday that the name change referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was "invalid" due to low turnout.

Turnout stood at 34 percent just before polls closed. Reports said supporters of a boycott were celebrating chanting "Macedonia" outside Parliament in Skopje, capital of FYROM.

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