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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump in a letter to lawmakers said he has submitted a report to Congress on North Macedonia joining NATO.

    "I am providing the report on the Republic of North Macedonia's Accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, prepared consistent with section 3(2)(E)(ii) of the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic of April 30, 1998", Trump wrote on Wednesday.

    READ MORE: Russia Recognises Republic of North Macedonia as Macedonia's New Name — Moscow

    The letter was sent to the chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, the House and Senate Committees on Foreign Affairs or Relations and the House and Senate Committees on the armed forces, the White House said.

    The representatives of 29 NATO members on 6 February signed a protocol on Macedonia's accession to the alliance. The Balkan state is set to become the alliance's 30th member after all allies ratify its accession.

    The Republic of North Macedonia, formerly known as simply Macedonia, changed its name under the 2018 Prespa agreement with Greece, which had been opposing its neighbor's use of the name "Macedonia " for years because it was also the name of a region in Greece.

    The parliament of Macedonia approved on 11 January amendments to the constitution that would change the country's name to North Macedonia after a long dispute with Greece, clearing the way for the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO. The Greek parliament ratified the agreement on 25 January.

    READ MORE: Over 60% of Greeks Oppose Prespa Deal on Macedonia’s Name Change – Poll

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in February that the alliance’s enlargement to the east was not a provocation against Russia, dismissing such assessments as the concept of spheres of influence that should be left behind.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Moscow considers NATO's policy of enlargement in Europe a relic of the Cold War, an erroneous and destructive military and political strategy.

    READ MORE: Author Decries Macedonia Signing NATO Accession Protocol


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