Osmani: Institution Officials Called Bulgaria to Hinder and Halt Negotiations

Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani revealed at a briefing with journalists that certain employees and officials from state institutions in North Macedonia have been contacting state institutions in Bulgaria in order to tamper the process of negotiations between Skopje and Sofia for overcoming bilateral disputes. “They have been calling Bulgaria, telling them that the entire engagement around the resolution of the bilateral disputes is unnecessary, because according to them, our country has allegedly been preparing for organisation of snap parliamentary elections, something that would shift the focus from the negotiations and that because of that both sides will not be able to reach a solution. This has been confirmed with facts,” Osmani said, but did not reveal which employees and officials from which institutions contacted Bulgaria in this manner. Only few days ago, Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov informed that several agents, or as he called them, “Russian spies”, have conducted actions in Bulgaria in order to hinder the negotiations and the improvements of the relations with North Macedonia. “We all need to think and figure out why the Russian state invested funds through its spy-network in order to jeopardise our bilateral relations with North Macedonia and prevent its integration in the EU. We need to think very carefully whether is it for the best of Bulgarian interests for North Macedonia to be integrated in the EU or to remain ‘an excluded country’,” Petkov said.