Russian FM again warns EU to think of consequences for destabilizing Macedonia
Thursday, 23 March 2017

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov denied that Russia is involved in activities in the Balkans that fall out of the normal, and called on Western countries to fully realize the danger of destabilization of Macedonia. It is the latest in a string of statements by the Russian Foreign Minister, who has warned against Western meddling in Macedonian internal politics.

"The current situation in Macedonia is slightly more complicated, I'd even call it a crisis, in many respects provoked artificially, which is leading to the situation when attempts are made to split the society", Minister Lavrov was quoted on Thursday by the Russian news agency Sputnik, which added that he expressed hope that "the West realizes the danger of such attempts". According to the agency, Lavrov said that it is strange that normal relations between Russia and Balkan countries are being seen as "provocative activity" and raise concerns in the West.

Sputnik reminds that earlier in March "the Russian Foreign Ministry described Macedonia’s opposition as 'openly backed by the European Union and the United States' and said that EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg exert 'unprecedented pressure' on Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to make him give the prime minister’s post to the opposition". President Ivanov refused several calls by Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn to give the mandate to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev.

"Russia's Permanent Representative to OSCE Alexander Lukashevich urged earlier in March the cessation of foreign interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia", Sputnik adds.


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