Zaharova: The only threat for the region is the Army of Kosovo trained by NATO


Moscow, 8 February, 2019 - 13:20 (META) 

By becoming a NATO member, Macedonia will lose its ability to follow its own foreign policy as a sovereign state, said the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marija Zaharova, during yesterday’s briefing with the press.

According to her, it is unclear from who would NATO protect the country and concluded that the only danger to the region is the Army of Kosovo.
-The only serious armed force that will destabilize the region is the army of Kosovo that was created by former Albanian militants. We don’t see other threats to security and regarding this, we asked ourselves: whether NATO would fight against those it trained and armed? We already saw this construction in the Middle East countries and North Africa. First they armed them, and then it fought the terrorists and militants. First they created conditions for terrorists to come out at places they previously never did, and then they spent billions of funds and efforts to prevent the spread of terrorist threats, not only in the region but in the world as well – said Zaharova.

She said that it is difficult to say what would the real advantage for Macedonia will be within NATO.

-Actually, that will have to be paid for by increasing defense costs, by participating in military operations that have nothing to do with the interest of the Macedonian people and by losing the ability to carry out a sovereign foreign policy – said Zaharova during the briefing in Moscow.


There is no “Pact against Serbia” even though Serbian tabloid “Alo” insists there is


Skopje, 5 December, 2018 - 23:44 (META) 

Serbian tabloid “Alo”, announcing the start of the Central European Initiative Summit in Zagreb, said that there will also be some discussions concerning the establishment of a pact which became the main topic in the Balkan media, following statements by Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj for the Croatian newspaper “Vecernji List”. This comes only one day after Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, queried by MP Ivan Stojiljkovic, categorically denied that there were any talks in which he was involved, for a pact between Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Kosovo against Serbia.

In the article by “Alo” under the headline “They are preparing to do us evil, Edi Rama goes to Zagreb to sign a document that threatens to destroy Serbia”, the tabloid refers to the Croatian daily newspaper “Jutarnji List”. It says that according to the speculations, one of the topics in a meeting between the prime ministers of Croatia and Macedonia on the margins of the summit would be a pact against Serbia.

The topic was raised by Enver Hoxhaj via Croatian newspaper “Vecernji List”. However, on Thursday on Montenegrin TV “Antenna 5” he denied that he mentioned the formation of a pact against Serbia at all.

“I have never said anything about creating a regional pact against Serbia,” Hoxhaj said.

He said he stood behind everything else he said in “Vecernji list”, such as Serbia’s interference in undermining the statehood of Kosovo and in internal issues of Montenegro and Macedonia.

Answering questions from journalists, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in a press conference on Sunday that he categorically denies any involvement in talks in Macedonia, Croatia, Kosovo and Montenegro for a pact against Serbia, as was claimed by Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj. Zaev stressed that there were no such talks.

“I categorically dismiss any involvement in such  talks, because they never happened. None of us asked for something like this, nor did we discuss such a matter. I only urge both Kosovo and Serbia to build friendship through dialogue,” Zaev said.

However, despite the denials on Sunday, which Montenegrin foreign ministry joined in on, Serbian tabloid “Alo” yesterday in a short article reiterated the agreement, and the signing of a pact, even though the main figures said that they had never discussed such a thing.

The article in “Jutarnji List”, which “Alo” refers to, is not from that newspaper, but was published by the Croatian news agency “Hina”, as is duly stated in “Jutarnji”.


„Pakta protiv Srbije“ nema, ali za srpski „Alo“ ima pa ima!


Skopje, 4 December, 2018 - 23:55 (META) 

Srpski tabloid „Alo“, najavljujući početak samita Centralnoevropske inicijative u Zagrebu, pisao je da se na samitu u Zagrebu razgovaralo i o formiranju pakta, koji je postao glavna tema u balkanskim medijima, nakon izjava kosovskog vicepremijera Envera Hodžaja za hrvatske novine „Večernji list“. Ovo je samo jedan dan nakon što je makedonski premijer Zoran Zaev, pozvan od poslanika Ivana Stojiljkovića, kategorično demantovao da je došlo do bilo kakvih razgovora u kojima je on bio uključen o paktu Makedonije, Crne Gore, Hrvatske i Kosova za Srbiju.

U tekstu tabloida „Alo“, pod naslovom „SPREMAJU NAM ZLO Edi Rama pristiže u Zagreb i potpisuje DOKUMENT koji preti da uništi Srbiju“, tabloid, pozivajući se na hrvatske novine „Jutarnji list“, navodi da prema špekulacijama, na marginama samita jedna od tema susreta premijera Hrvatske i Makedonije, Andreja Plenkovića i Zorana Zaeva, biće stvaranje pakta protiv Srbije.

Temu je pokrenuo Enver Hodžaj preko hrvatskih novina „Večernji list“. Ali on je prekjuče za crnogorsku televiziju „Antena M“ demantovao da je uopšte pomenuo formiranje pakta protiv Srbije.

– Nikad ništa nisam rekao o stvaranju regionalnog pakta protiv Srbije – izjavio je Hodžaj za televiziju.

On je ipak naveo da stoji iza svega drugog što je rekao za „Večernji list“, kao što je mešanje Srbije u potkopavanje državnosti Kosova i u unutrašnja pitanja Crne Gore i Makedonije.

Makedonski premijer Zoran Zaev, upitan na pres-konferenciji u nedelju za stav po pitanju koje je otvorio kosovski vicepremijer Enver Hodžaj, da se u Makedoniji, Hrvatskoj, Kosovu i Crnoj Gori razgovaralo o paktu protiv Srbije, odgovorio je da se on ograđuje od bilo kakvih razgovora, zato što nisu postojali.

– Želim da se ogradim od bilo kakvih razgovora, nisu postojali. Niko od nas nije zatražio takvo nešto niti se razgovaralo o tom pitanju. Ja samo apeliram i do Kosova i do Srbije da grade prijateljstvo kroz dijalog – izjavio je Zaev.

Ali i pored tih demanata u nedelju, kojima se priključilo i crnogorsko Ministarstvo spoljašnjih poslova, Srpski tabloid „Alo“ je juče u svom kratkom tekstu ponovo naveo dogovaranje, pa i potpisivanje nekakvog pakta, i pored toga što glavne ličnosti reaguju da se nije govorilo o nečemu sličnom.

Tekst „Jutarnjeg lista“ na koji se poziva „Alo“, inače, nije iz tih novina, već je preobjavljen tekst hrvatske novinske agencije „Hine“, kao što je i propisno nаvеdeno u „Jutarnjem“.

 


Protests outside the Macedonian embassy in Priština, Haradinaj is calming the tensions


Skopje, 3 November, 2017 - 17:47 (META) 

Several dozen people, including family members and friends of Kosovo citizens who were sentenced to life imprisonment for the events in Kumanovo’s Divo Naselje, today protested outside the Macedonian embassy in Priština demanding the release of their loved ones.

As the Kosovo media report, the situation in front of the embassy is tense, but the police are keeping the situation under control. косово протести харадинај

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, appeared before demonstrators, who tried to calm the situation. He urged the protesters and the families of the imprisoned people to remain calm, to be careful and told them that he is ready to talk to them and help them.

Haradinaj did not give a precise answer to a journalist’s question of how he planned to help them, but he said that their loved ones were not in the embassy, but that they are in prison in Skopje.

The protest in front of the Macedonian embassy comes less than a day after Kosovo citizens in Peć and Gnjilane set fire to Macedonian flags in protest of the life sentences imposed on the eight defendants, most of whom are citizens of Kosovo.


Dimitrov: Macedonia will not play a key role in Kosovo’s bid to join UNESCO


Skopje, 25 October, 2017 - 14:13 (META) 

Kosovo expects a support from Macedonia for its bid to join the international institutions, said today in Skopje the Kosovo Minister for Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli  during the joint press conference with the Head of the Macedonian diplomacy, Nikola Dimitrov.

Pacolli stressed that Macedonia has a bigger history and experience in international organizations, and because of that he expects a support, but he also said that even Kosovo supports Macedonia’s efforts to join NATO because that will have a positive effect on the stability of his country.

When asked by a journalist whether a support for joining UNESCO was asked for during the meeting, Dimitrov said that what was discussed was the Balkan’s European future and that all should see that there aren’t different sides but one perspective.

The Republic of Macedonia is approaching this issue with extreme care. We won’t play a key role because it concerns both of our neighbors. While deciding we shall take into consideration the interests of both Kosovo and Serbia, but also the interests of Macedonia and the Albanian community that lives in it – said Dimitrov.


Brnabić: Serbia will do its best to have the best relations with Macedonia


Belgrade, 9 September, 2017 - 17:51 (META) 

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić arrived at a reception organized in Belgrade for Independence Day of the Republic of Macedonia, and said that Serbia would do its best to have the best relations with Macedonia. She said that she did not speak with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev or Macedonia’s ambassador to Belgrade Vera Jovanovska-Tipko, about the possibility of Macedonia supporting Kosovo’s membership in Interpol.

“Tonight I do not want to talk about that. Tonight we celebrate our good relations and the Day of Macedonia. Serbia is open, flexible and we will do our best to have the best relations, said Brnbić, who wished the Republic of Macedonia the best on occasion of the national holiday on behalf of the Serbian government.

She stressed that yesterday she talked with Ambassador Jovanovska-Tipko for further cooperation between the two countries and reminded that she had sent an official call to Macedonian Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev to visit Belgrade in November.

At the reception organized in Belgrade, Macedonian Ambassador to Serbia Vera Jovanovska-Tipko said that Macedonia’s permanent commitment is the development of good relations with all neighbors.

“These good relations do not imply the illusion of an idyllic atmosphere, but relationships in which open issues are resolved through frank dialogue, mutual respect and mutual trust. It is this kind of relations that strives with our friendly neighbor Serbia, which is not connected with many elements of the past, the present and the future, but mostly of human relations and mutual sympathies are a permanent value and an incentive for continuous improvement of relations”, said Jovanovska-Tipko.

Apart from the Serbian Prime Minister, Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojković, and the Minister for Labour, Zoran Đorđević, representatives of the diplomatic corps were also received at the reception.


“Blic”: Serbia has four times the military power than Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo


Belgrade, 22 May, 2017 - 18:49 (META) 

Serbia, which has 36.000 soldiers, has four times more military power than Macedonia, Albania or Kosovo, while Macedonia only has 8.000 troops. At the bottom is Montenegro with 1.853 soldiers. However, Kosovo has a little more than the others, due to the presence of 150 members of the special anti-terrorist units ROSU (Regional Operational Support Unit), which boosts their numbers by 8.000, of which 4.000 are members of KFOR, and another 4.000 are members of the security forces in Kosovo. grafika voeni sili

This information was presented by the Serbian daily newspaper “Blic” on its website, showing the military ratio of the Western Balkans in a chart.

According to “Blic”, in addition to 36.000 soldiers, Serbia has 212 tanks, unlike Macedonia, which has only 31 tanks.
Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro do not have tanks.

Serbia is the only country with military aircrafts, they have 95, whereas our country, Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro do not have any. Serbia definitely has the most helicopters – 46, Albania – 27, Macedonia and Kosovo have 16 and Montenegro has 13 helicopters.

Just like the tanks, and in terms of missile systems, Serbia and Macedonia are in the lead. Serbia has 82 and Macedonia has 24 missile systems, while the other countries do not have such systems.

In the article, which lists the information, “Blic” states that Serbia has the highest numbers, but the article also expresses the views of analysts who say that it is not just about comparing numbers, because comparisons are significantly restricted due to the presence of NATO in Macedonia and Kosovo.


Hoxhaj: Priština can not say who Albanians should enter a coalition with in Macedonia


Tirana, 17 February, 2017 - 17:01 (META) 

Macedonia should not achieve an administrative agreement, but a political agreement, between the Albanian factor and the Macedonian party that wins the mandate for the future ruling coalition, and to decide once and for all the issue of the use of the Albanian language, said yesterday Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj when he appeared as a guest on the “Arena” show on Albanian television channel “Ora News”.

He added that Macedonian Albanians should be pro-Western, and that some Macedonian politicians are holding onto power by abusing the name dispute with Greece.

According to TV presenter Dritan Hila, Kosovo has a greater impact in Macedonian politics than Tirana, and asked what would be best for Albanian politicians – a coalition with SDSM or VMRO-DPMNE?

“We from Priština can not say who will be the best partner or which party is the best to make a ruling coalition, but our view is that now is the moment when all Albanian parties overcome themselves and to ensure that the essential interests of the Albanian community, and all the Albanians there, to be presented in the best possible way”, said Hoxhaj.


Poposki: Bushtati’s statement is a reflection of his education


Skopje, 11 January, 2017 - 17:38 (META) 

It is not good for politicians in the region to meddle for the upcoming elections, said Macedonian Foreign Minister, Nikola Poposki commenting on the statement made by the Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, who while commenting on the internal affairs in Macedonia, called the Macedonian people “Slavo Macedonians”.

“The aim is to create the image that they manage all political parties in accordance to ethnic character of the region. Understandably, this is done for internal use and for ratings at home. However, these practices are far from normal neighborly cooperation. The best thing to do, before any attempt to demonstrate global leadership, is to take a good look in your own backyard. Therefore, politicians from those countries should be focusing on improving domestic weaknesses”, said Poposki.

He pointed out that problems with the justice system, the fight against crime and corruption, and fundamental human rights are among those identified by the European Commission in our neighbours country, and elsewhere in the world.

“Objectively speaking, we all have more than enough domestic problems to deal with, than others problems. Of course, the foregoing points should be a priority before a politician attempts to engage in ideological interpretations of the Constitution of their neighbouring country. I do not believe that this is a priority for the taxpayers in the country, especially with the unresolved issues we have here at home”, said Poposki.

Regarding the use of the term “Slavo Macedonians”, Poposki said that it reflects Bushati’s education.

“How someone uses a certain term is probably a reflection of their respect and education. We are Macedonians and nothing more or nothing less. No democrat would feel the need to label us in a tribal context. Today, Europe needs a cultural dictionary for 2017, not 1913”, said Poposki.


Poposki: Tirana and Prishtina have to stop meddling in the internal affairs of Macedonia


Skopje, 10 January, 2017 - 21:21 (META) 

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, today denounced interference of Albania and Kosovo in the internal affairs of Macedonia as improper and inappropriate

“It is improper, nor appropriate when a Prime Minister or President of a neighbouring country directly interferes in internal affairs, especially not in a period of time after democratically conducted elections and the formation of government. They are sending the wrong signals to the region. This approach is dangerous in a place with a multicultural tradition. It is far from the practice of neighbourly acts of kindness. If we all agree that our future is in Europe, then the fight is to ensure stability, peace, justice and economic prosperity for all citizens. We have always been extremely fair in cooperation with our neighbours. The best would be for them to join us on this path, instead of placing mines which puts us all at risk”, answered Nikola Poposki, on the issue of interference from Tirana and Pristina in the internal affairs of Macedonia.

The reaction comes after the publication of the joint platform between DUI, the Besa Movement and the Albanian Alliance, which emerged after the meeting of party leaders with top officials in Albania and Kosovo.

Earlier, Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati said the officially Tirana does not interfere in the internal affairs of Macedonia but as for the situation after the early parliamentary elections in Macedonia a golden chance appeared for Albanian parties to finally push for the fully implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement.