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Supporters of the boycott of Macedonia’s September 30 referendum celebrate the low turnout in Skopje

Macedonia: A new front in Russia-West tensions

Macedonia is moving forward with changing its name and securing membership in the EU and NATO, even though a referendum to approve these steps failed to meet minimum turnout requirement. But the damage has already been done. Russia, which does not want to see another Balkan country absorbed into Western institutions, has gained clout and could potentially scupper the process. That would leave Macedonia in limbo, creating further instability in this already volatile region.

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