Stoev: We Expect Constructiveness from Skopje

Bulgarian Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Svetlan Stoev said at a press conference on Tuesday that the position of official Sofia towards Skopje remains unchanged, but added that the caretaker government of Bulgaria proposes new efforts for restart of the bilateral dialogue. “Our intention is to return the dialogue and the topics back to the normal European formats, where issues are to be reviewed by all EU members and where we can have solid guarantees that what has been agreed on bilateral basis shall be respected in future. We expect North Macedonia to demonstrate constructiveness in the dialogue, and I believe the upcoming meeting of our President Rumen Radev and his Macedonian counterpart Stevo Pendarovski during the mutual observation of the Day of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Rome will be an excellent starting point for improvement of the bilateral dialogue,” Stoev said. In meantime, Bulgarian President Radev said that progress in the dialogue between Skopje and Sofia is expected in the second half of June. “Bulgaria remains the greatest supporter of the integration of North Macedonia in the EU, but still their way towards Brussels goes through Sofia. EU’s support is important, but Bulgaria’s support is even more important, and for that to happen, we need to remain calm and try to find resolutions for our bilateral problems,” Radev said.