03:36 GMT17 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - EU nations agreed on Tuesday to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi said.

    The announcement came after ministers for EU affairs debated the matter via a video conference earlier in the day.

    The issue of opening accession talks with the two countries had been made conditional on the success of domestic reforms conducted by both. Moreover, Skopje was prevented from entering the talks before it struck an agreement with Athens to resolve the name dispute in 2018.

    At a European Council summit in October, France, Denmark and the Netherlands blocked the opening of the accession talks, citing the need for further reforms in Albania and North Macedonia.

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