Bulgarian PM Refuses a Meeting With Macedonian President

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister will not meet with Macedonia’s President, Gjorge Ivanov during the latter’s visit to Sofia. The reason is Ivanov’s refusal to sign the recent name deal for changing Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia.

Ivanov is currently in Sofia on the invitation of Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev. A government press-release confirmed that Borisov will not meet with Macedonia’s president, stating: “Our position is on principle and clear, as it [the position] of the entire international community. The position of the President of Macedonia is also clear. The Bulgarian government doesn’t see a point to be used in the internal debates of Skopje. The key to future development of our neighbour state is the integration within the EU and NATO, and that shouldn’t be put into question.”

While Borisov is in Israel at the moment, he will come back in time to be able to conduct a meeting with Macedonia’s President tomorrow. Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ekaterina Zaharieva also refused to meet with Ivanov. She will make a visit to Macedonia tomorrow.

Ivanov’s position on the name deal is that Macedonia is making too many concessions and betraying its national identity. The leader of Ivanov’s party, VMRO-DPMNE, called the settlement “a capitulation.”

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Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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