Radev: Expectations for Compromise Between Countries Growing

The President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, who is participating in the Bled Strategic Forum, told BNT that the pressure on Bulgaria in the coming months on the topic of North Macedonia will continue to increase. “Expectations for a compromise with Bulgaria are growing, because in recent years relations with Skopje are at a dead end and Bulgaria has remained isolated,” Radev explained. According to him, the Resolution that was voted at Parliament in North Macedonia in July cemented the non-implementation of the Neighbourhood Agreement of 2017. Radev believes that the Resolution emphasizes language and identity as red lines for which Skopje will not negotiate with Sofia. The President of Bulgaria reiterated that the main priority of Bulgarian foreign policy remains the European integration of the Western Balkans and that Bulgaria is most interested in North Macedonia becoming a member of the EU, but it also needs to fulfil its obligations.