Russian embassy: Deliberately or not, Zoran Zaev is misinformed

Skopje, 16 April, 2018 - 18:55 (META) 

The Russian Embassy in Skopje on their Twitter account reacted to the statement made by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in an interview with “Television 24”, where he says that “the expelled Russian diplomat had behaved inappropriately in Macedonia and was warned several times, but continued to act and that the evidence was presented to the Russian Embassy.”

The embassy said Zaev was wrongly informed and the expulsion of their diplomat was a surprise.

“Deliberately or not, Zoran Zaev is misinformed. The expulsion of our diplomat was a surprise. We have never received any warnings or “evidence” which the Prime Minister speaks of. We continue to believe that this act is unfounded and has inflicted damage on Russian-Macedonian relations,” wrote the Russian Embassy in Skopje.


The Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expelled the Russian diplomat on March 26, and Minister Nikola Dimitrov said the expulsion was made in coordination with Western allies and as an act of solidarity with Britain over the poisoning of a former spy.

Expelled Russian diplomat leaves Macedonia to the sound of ‘Proshchaniye Slavyanki’ patriotic march

Skopje, 2 April, 2018 - 17:41 (META) 

The Russian diplomat who was expelled by Macedonian authorities over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK, left this morning through Skopje International Airport, reports TASS.

The expelled diplomat and his family were escorted from the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the sound of the patriotic march “Proshchaniye Slavyanki“.

They arrived at Skopje Airport accompanied by a group of his colleagues, led by Ambassador Oleg Shcherbak.

Last week, Shcherbak said at a press conference, that the move to expel a Russian diplomat from Macedonia, as a first step in bilateral relations, is a rash step. He believes that Macedonia was put under pressure from abroad, and that the move would not go without a proper response from Russia.

Shcherbak: Russia disappointed by VMRO-DPMNE’s reaction to expulsion, counter measures to be expected

Skopje, 30 March, 2018 - 9:44 (META) 

The statement made by VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Nikoloski, is an expression of the inconsistent policy of part of the leadership of that political party, and as a result of such a policy, VMRO-DPMNE lost the elections. However, I know that more than a handful of members of one of the biggest parties are actually sincerely determined to develop constructive cooperation and mutual relations with the Russian Federation. This was stated by Ambassador Oleg Shcherbak while answering a question from “Meta”, regarding yesterday’s statement by Alexandar Nikoloski on “Alsat-M” TV, on the show “200” that the government’s move to expel a Russian diplomat was right. He said that it was disappointing for Russia, considering the intensive cooperation between the two countries during VMRO-DPMNE’s.

At today’s press conference, the Russian ambassador said the move to expel the Russian diplomat from Macedonia, as a first step in bilateral relations, is a ruthless step, and that Macedonia has obviously been put under pressure from abroad. However, the move will not be left without an adequate response from Russia.

“The Macedonian side did not provide us with evidence, nor does it want to provide evidence or in some way confirm that the expelled diplomat was involved in certain activities that emerge from his diplomatic status. The decision by the Macedonian government causes deep regret in our country. This decision is unfounded and unprecedented in overall relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Russian Federation. Government officials in Skopje decided to take an unfriendly step under the influence from abroad, but this does not absolve the Macedonian side from responsibility”, said Shcherbak.

Nikoloski: Moscow is not our partner and the Government’s decision was a right one

Skopje, 29 March, 2018 - 13:52 (META) 

Vice President of the VMRO-DPMNE party, Aleksandar Nikoloski, in an interview for the “200” TV show on Alsat TV, said that the government’s move to expel a Russian diplomat is fine and that “Moscow is not our partner, our partners are Brussels, London and Washington”.

“Both the Foreign Minister and the Government made the mistake of excluding the opposition from this process of information sharing and consultations with the opposition. We condemn what happened in the UK, we think it is a direct attack on the country, to which we have strong sympathies. Our partners are Brussels, London and Washington. Macedonia’s place is in the EU and NATO. And that’s why we believe that what the Government has done is fine”, said Nikoloski.

When asked to comment on the position of President Gjorge Ivanov, who said the government had been hasty in their decision, Nikoloski said that he too does not consult with the opposition.

“Ivanov too, does not consult with the opposition. Both the president and the government continue to make decisions without consulting VMRO-DPMNE, which I think is a huge mistake. Macedonia must be a member of the EU and NATO. Moscow is not our partner, our partners are Brussels, London and Washington”, said Nikoloski.

The Russian Embassy in Skopje reacted through its Twitter account and shared Nikoloski’s comments and under him wrote a “remarkable attitude”.


Ivanov believes the expulsion of Russian diplomat is a hasty decision

Skopje, 27 March, 2018 - 19:11 (META) 

President Gjorge Ivanov believes that the decision made by the Macedonian MFA to expel a Russian diplomat, was hasty, reports the presidential office.

“As a candidate country for EU membership, Macedonia follows EU policy and its decisions made by consensus and on a EU level. Given that the decisions to expel Russian diplomats are not an expression of harmonized views of all EU member states, and is more of individual decisions by individual member states, the President of the Republic of Macedonia believes that the decision made by the Macedonian MFA was hasty”, read the statement.

Ivanov calls for restraint from making hasty moves regarding foreign policy, as indicated, in order to prevent possible damage to the realization of Macedonia’s strategic goals.

The statement added that the president, in accordance with positive legislation, expects to be officially informed about the facts, in public, related to this case.

Russian diplomat part of attempts to install agents in Macedonian establishment?

Skopje, 27 March, 2018 - 17:05 (META) 

The expulsion of the Russian diplomat is not only a consequence of solidarirty over the Skripal case, but it is believed he was also involved in activites on behalf of Russian intelligence, to install Russian agents among the higher ranks in the Government, reports “Television 24”, quoting “senior sources within the Macedonian police”.

Yesterday, the Macedonian Foreign Ministry decided to expel a Russian diplomat, in an act of solidarity over the Skripal case in coordination with 14 other countries.

“Today, we informed the Russian authorities of our decision to expel a Russian diplomat, following close consultation with our partners and allies, in solidarity with the United Kingdom, and in order to protect our own security interests in Macedonia”, Macedonian Foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov tweeted yesterday.

“The Government has decided to expel a Russian diplomat. Full responsibility and the consequences over this provocation and hostile act which is unprecedented in Russian-Macedonian relations, will be borne by the Macedonian side”, announced the Russian Embassy.

Macedonia expels Russian diplomat, Russia calls the move hostile and unwarranted

Skopje, 27 March, 2018 - 0:13 (META) 

The Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it has decided to expel a diplomat from the Russian Federation following the poisoning of x-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, United Kingdom.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to announce that after close consultation with our EU and NATO allies and partners and in solidarity with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, decided to expel one diplomat of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Macedonia over the Skripal case, pursuant to Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961”, read the statement, further adding, “the use of military-grade chemical weapons is in violation of International Law and this affects the security of all countries.”.

The Russian embassy in the country responded to the move, saying “the responsibility for the consequences of the decision to expel a Russian diplomat from Macedonia, will be felt entirely on the Macedonian side.”

The Russian embassy believes that the expulsion is “an extremely hostile and unwarranted move, without precedent in Russian-Macedonian relations”.

Today, the US, Canada and 14 EU countries simultaneously decided to expel Russian diplomats from their countries following the poisoning of former spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom.