The Macedonians said “no” to NATO and the EU

Summary

On the referendum regarding the new name of their country, the Macedonians said “no” to NATO and the EU.

Disproof

The referendum on changing the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as part of a deal that would pave the way for EU and NATO membership had a low turnout of 37 per cent - but among those who voted it won an overwhelming support. Results showed 91.3 percent of voters approving the deal.

With the support of more than 600,000 citizens in favour of a new country's name, FYROM’s prime minister has now referred the issue to the parliament.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 121
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: North Macedonia, EU
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, EU, Referendum
  • Outlet: Voennoe Obozrenie
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