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US Defense Secretary Mattis to visit Skopje on Monday

US Defense Secretary Mattis to visit Skopje on Monday

Skopje, 16 September 2018 (MIA) - US Defense Secretary James Mattis will pay an official visit to Macedonia on Monday.

Secretary Mattis is expected to meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska, followed by a joint media statement.

Mattis will express U.S. clear support to the coming referendum on the name agreement, but also concern over Moscow's possible interference in the process.

"I am going there to make very clear we stand with the Macedonian people," said Mattis.

He voiced concern about Russia's possible interference in Macedonia's referendum process.

"This kind of mischief that Russia has practiced from Estonia to the United States, from Ukraine and now to Macedonia, it always is adapted to the specific situation and it's always beyond the pale, as far as I'm concerned," added Mattis. ik/10:18

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