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Speeches by Minister

3 March 201714:49

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in the Republic of Macedonia

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Outside interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Macedonia is taking more and more outrageous forms. During the early parliamentary election on December 11, 2016, the people of that country voted in support of the ruling party, which won the majority of the votes. Despite all manipulations, the opposition, openly backed by the European Union and the United States, suffered a defeat.

Meanwhile, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and other high-ranking officials of the so-called “enlightened Europe,” which cares so much about democratic norms, blatantly continue to put unprecedented pressure on Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov in a bid to force him to give the premier’s mandate to the opposition, who accepted the ultimatum-like “Albanian platform.” It is important to understand that the measures formulated in Tirana, which stipulate the federalisation of Macedonia and a revision of its power architecture, and even its state symbols, are, in fact, aimed at undermining its constitutional foundations and, ultimately, provoking a disintegration of that country.

This behaviour by European officials has been adopted by the “head” of self-proclaimed Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, who has unambiguously called on ethnic Albanians in Macedonia to “take their rights into their own hands” in tune with the Greater Albania project, which claims vast areas of a number of Balkan states, Macedonia included. This is yet further proof that the artificial quasi-state Kosovo entity is one of the chief sources of instability and the main vehicle of conflict potential in the Balkans.

It is up to the Macedonians themselves to decide their future without outside interference.

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