Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani arrives for a meeting with Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougalos (not pictured) in Athens, Greece January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Macedonia's deputy prime minister expressed optimism Thursday over renewed efforts to resolve a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece over the Balkan country's name that has kept it out of NATO.Greece says its northern neighbor's name implies a territorial claim to its own adjoining province of Macedonia -- home of Alexander the Great, one of the most famous ancient Greek rulers -- and insists on calling it the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.A NATO member, Greece has blocked Macedonia's bid to join the alliance because of the name dispute.
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