U.S. Says Russia Meddling in Macedonia Ahead of Referendum

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that there is “no doubt” that Moscow is funding pro-Russian groups to influence a referendum on changing the country’s name later this month, which could lead to NATO and EU membership. “They have transfer…

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that there is “no doubt” that Moscow is funding pro-Russian groups to influence a referendum on changing the country’s name later this month, which could lead to NATO and EU membership. “They have transferred money and they’re also conducting broader influence campaigns,” Mattis said to reporters traveling with him to the Macedonian capital Skopje.

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