The European Union said it struck a deal on July 18 with Macedonia to provide border guards to help the Balkan state cope with any surge in migrants attempting to cross into the bloc.
The European Union's enlargement commissioner has visited Macedonia to formally announce the start of preparations for the Balkan country to open accession talks with the bloc next year.
Russia has summoned the Greek ambassador in Moscow to protest Athens' expulsion of two Russian diplomats accused of trying to block Greece's landmark agreement settling a name dispute with Macedonia.
A Greek court has approved a French request to extradite a Russian cybercrime suspect who is also wanted in the United States and Russia, in a move which prompted Moscow to threaten reprisals.
Greece has moved to expel two Russian diplomats and to block two others from entering over suspicions they attempted to undermine a deal between Athens and Macedonia last month, a Greek official told the Associated Press.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg officially greeted Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in a ceremony to mark the start of membership talks, a development that drew an angry response from Moscow.
Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg signed an agreement to begin the Balkan nation's process of accession to the alliance in Brussels on July 12.
NATO has formally invited Macedonia to begin membership talks on joining the North Atlantic alliance.
Greece will expel two Russian diplomats and ban entry to another two over suspicions they attempted to undermine a deal between Athens and Macedonia last month, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports.
Britain says it will nearly double the funding it provides to the Western Balkans to help the countries “tackle threats to their progress,” particularly in the fight against organized crime and drug smuggling.
NATO leaders gather for a summit on July 11-12 amid deep divisions on trade and defense spending.
A Macedonian court on July 5 imprisoned seven men for the attempted murder of a legislator during an attack on parliament last year.