Putin says US wants to 'assert dominance' in Balkans as Macedonia changes name

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Russian president claims alleged increase of western influence is ‘destablising’

Vladimir Putin has weighed into the row over Macedonia’s name-change, accusing the US and its allies of destabilising the Balkans by “asserting their dominant role” in the region.

The Russian president criticised what he described as deliberate efforts to increase western influence in a part of the world Moscow has long regarded as falling within its own orbit.

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