[63] “Disappointed” the United States wants Macedonia to approve the name change despite a failed referendum,” Russia Today [called January 3, 2019]. As you probably know, the name dispute does not take place in a historical vacuum – the Macedonians of Greek territory have been confronted, among other things, with the linguistic oppression of the Greek state at different stages in the history of the modern Greek state, which culminated in the post-war period, when they were driven out en masse and subjected to ethnic cleansing in the sense that many could not return to their countries. In some parts of Macedonian society, it is precisely those who have been directly involved in the systemic oppression of the Greek state. Added to this is the fact that, since its declaration of independence, Macedonia has been grappling with a capridic neighbour in the south, which is trying to condition the exercise of the self-determination of the Macedonian people in accordance with its own national narrative and fears. [21] Jason Bush, “Russia accuses the West of destabilizing Macedonia,” reuters [called December 23, 2018]. [31] “Agreement between Macedonia and Greece,” macedonia`s virtual [called December 26, 2018]. The dispute first intensified after the declaration of independence of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, when Greece objected to its recognition by the EC, arguing that its name, the use of symbols related to Greek cultural heritage (such as the Vergina Sun) and a number of provisions of its constitution involved territorial claims over Greek Macedonia. Similarly, Greece opposed the accession of the new independent state to the United Nations. Despite its objections to a name change, the new state was finally admitted to membership in 1993 under the provisional name “former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” until the difference between the parties was compensated. [22] Paul Craig Roberts, `A Color Revolution for Macedonia`, Paul Craig Roberts [called December 23, 2018]. On 13 January 2019, Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos and his Independent Greeks party left the Greek government coalition because of the Prespa agreement and may have left the ruling coalition without a viable majority in parliament.

[95] Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras then held a vote of confidence on 16 January and survived 151-148, with one MP absent. Tsipras survived the vote with 145 from his Radical Left Syriza party and with six MPs who were Independent or Independent Greeks (ANEL). [96] [97] [98] In the days leading up to the ratification of the Prespa agreement by the Greek Parliament, more than 60,000 demonstrators (600,000 according to the police, according to the organizers) came from all over the country to demand the rejection of the agreement; Some of the protests had turned violent and police had to use tear gas to disperse the groups. [99] [88] Bence Foldi, `The West Doesn`t Respect the Macedonian People`s Will`, Balkan Insight [called January 3, 2019].