THE INFLUENCE OF MACEDONIA NAMING DISPUTE ON THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

  • Petr Smirnov

Abstract

In 1991 the Republic of Macedonia declared independence. Among first


goals of the Macedonian foreign policy were establishment relations with


neighboring countries and receiving diplomatic recognition from


influential actors of international relations (USA, Russia, UN). The


solution of these problems for Macedonia became more complicated


because of the Greek position: the name "Macedonia" was regarded by


Greece as a threat to its territorial integrity. Establishing diplomatic


relations with Macedonia, many states were forced to focus on the


position of Greece. In this matter the fact of recognition the Republic of


Macedonia under its constitutional name from Russia and China seems


to be significant, but it didn’t accelerate Macedonia’s integration into


world political space. The issue of Macedonia's accession to NATO was


also not resolved, because of the Greek veto. The settlement of the


dispute with Greece became for Macedonia the key to the doors of the


NATO. After the conflict escalated in the middle of 1990s, when the


Greece began the trade blockade of the Republic of Macedonia, there was


the search for compromises.


 

Published
May 21, 2019
How to Cite
SMIRNOV, Petr. THE INFLUENCE OF MACEDONIA NAMING DISPUTE ON THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA. Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference "Social Changes in the Global World", [S.l.], v. 2, n. 5, p. 801-817, may 2019. Available at: <http://js.ugd.edu.mk/index.php/scgw/article/view/2967>. Date accessed: 26 aug. 2019.