The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a demarche to the United States over the statement of the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchel that the US played a leading role in the resolution of the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece. Mitchel made the statement on 21 August 2018, claiming that the US diplomacy is playing the leading role in the settlement of issues on the Balkans. “According to well-informed government sources, Mr. Mitchell apologized to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. Athens was bothered by the statement and deemed the fact that Washington is the ‘architect’ of the problem’s settlement as unacceptable. It is a result of the persistent efforts of the Greek diplomacy and without any pressure from the United States or other western or eastern capitals,” reads the Greek paper.