"Detailed accession talks will now begin to help your country make its final preparation for its full membership", Stoltenberg told Zaev on the sidelines of the Western alliance's summit in Brussels on July 12.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Greek reporters in Brussels after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit ended Thursday that he was obliged "to defend the national sovereignty" of Greece, but did not refer to Russian Federation or the expulsions directly. I promise that we will bring more good news in the period ahead, in the interests of all citizens of our country. "We are a small country".
Russia's foreign ministry said it would respond in kind to the expulsions. It was not immediately clear if they already departed.
The United States welcomed the Greek action. This was reported by the official representative of U.S. state Department geezer Neuert on Twitter.
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"Once all national procedures have been completed to finalise the name agreement, the country will join NATO as our 30th member", NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Greece and Russian Federation share the Orthodox Christian religion and have traditionally had warm ties. The Greek government claims he has been at the forefront of efforts to expand Russian Influence, in large part by using money to endear themselves to Greek organizations, municipalities, and metropolitans within the Greek Orthodox hierarchy in an attempt to gain sway over Mount Athos. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Zaev, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and senior representatives of the European Commission.
Another Balkan country has felt similar pressures both from Russian Federation and its allies on account of its pro-NATO commitments.
Russia, NATO's most prominent rival, has bemoaned the possible addition of another alliance member.