UrduPoint News / Sputnik The Pan-Macedonian Confederation has announced rallies, starting Thursday, against Greece's deal with Macedonia to change the Balkan nation's name.
A debate on the pact that will rename the neighboring state to the Republic of North Macedonia will begin in parliament on Wednesday and conclude with a vote on Thursday evening.
Just about everyone knows that there is more than one dimension to the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
There is the geopolitical tension between the West and Russia, but there is also the role of Turkey and its continued penetration in the Balkans - using religion as a way in - which should be of particular concern to Western powers.
In the Greek Parliament, the ratification procedures of the Prespa agreement with Skopje are underway.
Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside parliament on Sunday (20 January) as tens of thousands of Greeks rallied in Athens to protest ahead of a parliamentary vote to ratify a name deal with Macedonia due this week, reported Euroactive.
The Greek Foreign Ministry has dismissed Moscow's criticism of the deal to resolve the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as tantamount to meddling in Greece's affairs.
In a statement earlier Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the deal was a Western plot to draw the Balkan country into the NATO security alliance.
On that occasion, Vucic said that Serbia, as a true friend and trusted partner, will always be a strong support for the RS, the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
"Serbia will always, respecting the Dayton agreement, support various infrastructure and other projects in the RS, as well as joint work to foster our cultural and spiritual ties," Vucic emphasized.
This is according to figures released by the World Steel Association cited by Tanjug.
In the first 11 months of 2018, Serbia produced 1.8 million t of crude steel compared to 1.3 million t in the same period of the previous year, which is a 38.9 pct increase, said a report published on the association's website.
The deal reached between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on the name dispute can be a "model" for solving other problems in the region, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Thursday.
Tsipras was speaking during a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Athens.