Bulgarian PM: The Agreement Opens the Way for the Republic of Macedonia to the EU and NATO

On Sunday, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov congratulated his counterparts Alexis Tsipras of Greece and Zoran Zaev of Macedonia, as well as the two countries' foreign ministers, on the signing of the Macedonia name agreement.

As an "important and brave step which they made together," was described the deal by Boyko Borissov in a Facebook post. He also wrote: "The agreement opens the way for the Republic of Macedonia to the EU and NATO. Bulgaria has always supported its neighbour. The most important thing now is for the citizens of all Balkan countries to realize that the agreement does contract and does not lead to territorial claims or future problems. Contrariwise, it will help us live better together."

The agreement with the new name: "Republic of North Macedonia", ended a 25-year dispute over Macedonia's name, was signed by Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.  The approval of the "deal" in Macedonia and Greece is forthcoming.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev believes the treaty signed with Bulgaria last summer has “awakened Europe and turned his eyes on Macedonia”. The treaty with Greece should further “motivate Europe”.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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