The evidence of the involvement of the Russian Federation to the attempts to stop the deal, opening the way to NATO and EU
US intelligence exposed the plans of the Greek billionaire Ivan Savvidi and ex-Deputy of the state Duma of Russia, who had to pay the protesters and football fans to stop the agreement about the renaming of Macedonia to unblock the negotiations on accession to NATO and the EU. It is reported by The New York Times.
According to the article, us intelligence intercepted and passed to the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras correspondence and phone calls Savvidi.
It is noted that for many years he was the “Kremlin’s man in Greece” and the facilitator plans to undermine the agreement between Macedonia and Greece.
July 13, 2018 Greece has expelled two Russian diplomats, accusing them of financing certain groups to disrupt the agreement about change of the name of Macedonia and the signing of the “world” in this country. Also was denied entry to Greece two other Russian diplomats.
Then, on July 16, Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev accused the Greek billionaire’s ties with Russia and financing of the protests. According to him, Savvidi paid to citizens of Macedonia from 13 to 21 thousand dollars for provocations for the future of a key referendum.
According to the Project of investigation of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP), which is referred to the documents of the interior Ministry of Macedonia, Savvidi was able to pay a fake the opponents of the deal, about 350 thousand dollars.
Savvidi, in turn, denies involvement in the financing of anti-NATO protests in Macedonia.
It is known that Macedonia has signed an agreement with Greece on renaming the country into Northern Macedonia to unblock the negotiations about membership in EU and NATO, as the name of the former Yugoslav Republic shares the same name as the Northern Greek region.
September 30, a consultative referendum where citizens were asked: “Are you in favour of membership in the European Union and NATO, accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Greece?”. Because of the low turnout it is recognized as invalid, despite the fact that 91,46% of voters were in favor of renaming the country. The government on Monday, October 8, took the decision to launch the constitutional amendments for changing the name.
Earlier Greek media reported that Moscow has tried to disrupt the agreement Greece-Macedonia. Greece accused the Russian Federation in contempt and attempts to influence policy.