Bulgarian Deputy PM says ‘cold shower’ will break government illusions in Skopje


Macedonia is not ready to start accession talks with the European Union, because the government in Skopje has been trying for more than three years not to implement the Agreement with Bulgaria, said Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, who followed a series of messages on Saturday from Sofia which clearly state the Bulgarian position despite the assurances of the Government led by Zoran Zaev that a solution will still be found that will not be to the detriment of the Macedonian identity.

According to him, no progress has been made in any of the points of this Agreement, signed on August 1, 2017.

“I cannot understand why some outside observers are confusing things. Bulgaria is not the one applying for membership. Bulgaria is a member state, Macedonia is the one applying for EU membership and it should be clear that the obligations it has undertaken with the concluded agreements, such as the Skopje Agreement of August 1, 2017, must be respected. In Macedonia, however, there seems to be and continues to be the idea that someone will put pressure on Bulgaria at the last minute and that Bulgaria will succumb,” Karakachanov said in an interview with AV 1’s “Brussels 1” show.

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