Mace­do­nian leader balk­ing at name deal

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEMBERING -

be­come a pop­u­lar fig­ure in the White House and is known for his gre­gar­i­ous and sea­soned man­ner in an ad­min­is­tra­tion fre­quently buf­feted by ri­val­ries and dis­putes.

ATHENS, Greece — Mace­do­nian Pres­i­dent Gjorge Ivanov said Wed­nes­day that he would not sign off on a his­toric deal that would change the coun­try’s name, the most po­ten­tially dis­rup­tive re­ac­tion so far to the agree­ment with Greece that has re­ceived di­verg­ing re­ac­tions in both coun­tries.

Ivanov said the agree­ment, which would re­name Mace­do­nia as the Repub­lic of North Mace­do­nia, gave too many con­ces­sions to Greece.

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