Comments and statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Comment by the Information and Press Department on the growing tensions in the Republic of Macedonia
We note with concern that the political crisis in Macedonia provoked by the gross external interference in the country’s internal affairs is getting worse. Attempts, which are actively supported by EU and NATO leaders, are being made to make Macedonians accept the “Albanian platform” designed in Tirana in the Prime Minister’s Office based on the map of the so-called Greater Albania, which illustrates its territorial claims to vast regions in neighbouring Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece. Of particular concern is the involvement of the authorities of Kosovo, which has unilaterally declared independence, in this scam. We believe this line of action to be extremely dangerous as it may lead to the destruction of Macedonian statehood and destabilisation of the whole of the Balkans.
We want to point out that the early parliamentary elections in Macedonia held on December 11, 2016 at the EU’s and the United States’ insistence, were won by the ruling party led by Nikola Gruevski. Now the West is trying to take advantage of the Albanian minority to have the defeated opposition, who has subscribed to the Albanians’ requirements that sound more like an ultimatum and lead to the undermining of the country’s constitutional basis, come to power in Skopje.
The on-going destructive attempts to impose, from the outside, schemes contradicting the Macedonian voters’ will can only exacerbate the situation. The external interference in Macedonia’s internal affairs has to be stopped, and the right of the Macedonian people to decide their future on their own and in compliance with the fundamental democratic principles has to be treated with respect.