Euronews / AFP: Nato invited Macedonia to start accession talks as earlier on today Greece has taken “the necessary measures to protect its national interest” after “interference” by Russian officials in the name dispute with the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, the government said on Wednesday.
“The Greek government wants good relations with all states, but cannot accept attitudes that violate international law and do not respect the Greek authorities,” government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told Skai television channel.
“In this context, measures have been taken,” he added.
Tzanakopoulos did not reveal the “measures” or give further details after a newspaper reported Greece was planning to expel two Russian diplomats and ban two other Russian envoys from entering the country.
A source told AFP “there was a problem of interference in the Macedonian dossier”, while adding that Athens’ traditionally good relations with Russia were unchanged.
According toe Euronews: Greece will expel two Russian diplomats and ban entry to another two amid suspicions they tried to undermine an agreement between Athens and neighbouring country FYR Macedonia, according to Greek media reports.