“Politika”: Gruevski raises tensions between America and Russia

Belgrade, 19 November, 2018 - 15:24 (META) 

While it has been formally claimed that fugitive Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is in Budapest, some articles speculate that he had traveled to Russia or Turkey, reported Serbian pro-government daily newspaper “Politika”. The article points out that both Russia and Turkey maintain diplomatic relations with Skopje, but have clashed over pro-Western policies pursued by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Under the headline “Gruevski raises tensions between America and Russia,” the oldest daily newspaper in Serbia writes that “Russia will never accept Macedonia’s accession to NATO, and Turkey is not happy that Macedonia succumbed to the Greek demands for a change of the country’s name.” “Politika” also believes that Zaev will need “a lot, not just political, but also legal evidence, to explain to the people and the international community, especially to the East, that Gruevski is not a political victim of American red rule in Skopje, as VMRO-DPMNE claims, but rather that he escaped because he was going to prison.”

“At the moment, Zaev is the only optimist and believes that Gruevski will be returned to Macedonia. The question remains, if he really is in Russia, how Zaev will reach him, and if he is in Budapest, then Prime Minister Viktor Orban is most definitely in a awkward situation politically with respect to Russia, and legally and politically in relation to the EU,” concludes”Politika”.

Regardless of what is written in this newspaper, Gruevski was sentenced to two years in the “Tank” case. The hearings were open to the public and the media reported throughout the trial.

His lawyers attempted to appeal the final verdict, unsuccessfully, because the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict. Then a ruling was issued for Gruevski to surrender himself to prison, Gruevski filed a motion to postpone the serving of the sentence, but that too was denied it. Gruevski then disappeared.

Heated diplomatic agenda for the Greek government at the end of summer

Athens, 20 August, 2018 - 11:03 (META) 

The unexpected development with the release of the two Greek  soldiers after five months’ imprisonment in Turkey, should not make the Greek government complacent, because the end of summer and the begining ofautumn bring a number of high profile foreign policy issues.

The most notorious is the referendum in the Republic of Macedonia on the Prespa Agreement.  Its outcome will lead to political developments in Greece, as Panos Kammenos, the leader of the Independent Greeks political party, which is a coalition partner with SYRIZA, has said that he will not support the Prespes Agreement when it will be ratified in the Greek parliament .

The detention of the two Greek soldiers touched the core of the Greek-Turkish relations, but Cyprus issue and the energy programme of Exxon Mobil in September will raise again the question whether there is a real will for a substantial improvement of the bilateral relations of Greece and Turkey. Athens also expects how the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan will react when Exxon Mobil begins on September its drilling on Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

In this context, on September 11th United Nations envoy Jane Hall Lut will come to Athens and she will have a meeting with the Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on the Cyprus issue, at the commencement of the new phase of negotiations.

Ivanov is on an official visit to Turkey and he will meet with Erdogan

Ankara, 19 February, 2018 - 12:42 (META) 

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov and his wife, Maja Ivanov, are on an official visit to Turkey.

President Ivanov will have a bilateral meeting in Ankara with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and with high ranking Turkish officials. AS part of the visit, Ivanov will put a diadem at the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara.

Ivanov will give a lecture on the subject of “Challenges of High Education in the Third Millennium” in front of the Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey and the rectors of all state and private universities in the country.

The Macedonian president will be given an award for “World Leadership” regarding the “School of Young Leaders” as the best socially responsible project in Europe for the year 2017.

Yildirim: Greece should not dictate the official name of another country

Ankara, 12 February, 2018 - 18:26 (META) 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at a press conference with his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev in Ankara has said that it is wrong for Greece to dictate the official name of Macedonia, but added that he hopes that the two neighboring countries will resolve the dispute in a friendly spirit, Associated Press ” reports.

“It is wrong for one country to determine the name of another country”, he said.

Zaev said the best solution is that which will pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO and the EU.

“Both, President Erdogan and Prime Minister Yildirim along with the entire government, in fact all the institutions in Turkey are great friends of the Republic of Macedonia. We have talked about this issue today. Turkey as a friend certainly supports a solution that will be acceptable to both sides. This solution is the only possible route for us to join NATO and the EU” Zaev said, when answering a journalist’s question.

Zaev will visit Turkey on the 12th of February and will meet with Erdogan and Yildirim

Skopje, 5 February, 2018 - 14:09 (META) 

A government delegation, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, will be visiting the Republic of Turkey, on the 12th of February, informs the government’s press service.

During Prime Minister Zaev’s visit, he will have meetings with Turkey’s President, Recep Taip Erdogan, Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim and the President of the Turkish Parliament, Ismail Kahraman.

After the meeting with Prime Minister Yildirim, both prime ministers will have a joint press conference.

DUI: Davutoglu said that Ahmeti is a key factor for the stability in Macedonia

Skopje, 27 September, 2017 - 17:01 (META) 

During today’s meeting with the President of DUI, Ali Ahmeti, the former Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu has said that “Ahmeti is a key factor for the stability of Macedonia and the region, taking into account that the Albanians live in 6 states across the region and are the main axis for the Balkans’ stability,” announced DUI.

DUI’s press release states that the president of the political party at the meeting with Davutoglu, who is an MP at the Turkish Assembly, has talked about DUI’s efforts for the country’s political stability, the good inter-ethnic relations, good neighborly relations, the integration into NATO and the EU.

Davutoglu has arrived yesterday on a working visit in Macedonia and was greeted by the Minister of Foreign Investments, Adnan Kjahil.

Today he is going to meet with the President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime MInister Zoran Zaev, and he will also have a meeting with the Minister Kjahil.

The Head of the Turkish diplomacy has met with President Ivanov and with Gruevski

Скопје, 19 June, 2017 - 11:57 (META) 

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu has met today with the president of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, as well as with the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski.

“At the meeting, it was discussed the further deepening of the bilateral relations and the increase of the cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Turkey. President Ivanov expressed his gratitude for the tight and principal support provided by the Republic of Turkey regarding our strategic goals, and he stressed that the Republic of Macedonia appreciates strongly the support Turkey gives regarding the use of Republic of Macedonia’s constitutional name and the integration of the country into NATO” said the press release issued by the president’s cabinet.

Both converses have greeted the economic cooperation with an expectancy of its further intensification, as well as the good cooperation in the domain of the defense. President Ivanov thanked for the logistic help for equipping, education and training for the members of ARM including all the humanitarian aid received by the Republic of Turkey, said the press release issued by the president’s cabinet.

The president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski along with Nikola Todorov, a member of the Executive Committee of the party, during the meeting with the Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs Cavusoglu spoke about Macedonia’s strategic interests regarding the Euro-Atlantic integrations and the current political situation announced VMRO-DPMNE.

Gruevski has thanked for the support provided by Turkey and has spoken about the constructive and the active role the Turkish community has played in Macedonia’s democratic development.

Cavusoglu: A great injustice is incurred to Macedonia

Skopje, 19 June, 2017 - 9:06 (META) 

The relations between the two states, Macedonia’s priorities, the memberships in the EU and NATO, as well as the political situation in the country and abroad, were the subjects that were discussed the ministers of foreign affairs of Turkey and Macedonia, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Nikola Dimitrov.

Cavusoglu said that Macedonia can serve as an example for all other countries when it comes to bilateral relations, and he expressed his support for receiving a membership in NATO.

-Turkey has been supporting Macedonia in every area and we shall be doing that in the forthcoming period. Macedonia deserves its NATO membership the most and the issue with the name is a great injustice towards this country. We shall insist on EU not interfering in the internal policies – said Cavusoglu.

For Dimitrov, Macedonia enjoys Turkey’s support on all issues related to bilateral relations.

-Turkey is the sixth biggest investor in Macedonia. We had concrete ideas with the Minister since there is an interest by big Turkish companies to invest in our country. Turkey carries an enormous load in global terms when it comes to terrorism since it faces with security challenges. We concluded that the cooperation on the level of security with the police and the intelligence agencies is on a pleasing level – said the head of the Macedonian diplomacy.

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Cavusoglu is visiting Macedonia

Skopje, 18 June, 2017 - 12:48 (META) 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mavlut Cavusoglu shall arrive in Macedonia on a working visit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Cavusoglu shall meet with the head of the Macedonian diplomacy, Nikola Dimitrov.

It is expected that at the meeting there shall be a discussion about the bilateral relations and the possibilities for improving the cooperation in many areas with an accent on the further deepening of the economic cooperation. Both ministers shall talk about the current subjects in the region and wider, as well as a discussion about a cooperation on an international plan.

As part of the visit, it is planned that the Minister Cavusoglu to be received by the President of Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov and the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

The ministers Cavusoglu and Dimitrov shall attend an iftar, that the Embassy of Republic of Turkey in Skopje shall organize to hor the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ivanov is attending the Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul

Istanbul, 5 April, 2017 - 12:50 (META) 

Starting from today, President Gjorge Ivanov will be on a two-day working visit to Turkey, where he will be participating at the Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul.

Ivanov’s cabinet announced that Ivanov will address the attendees at the opening of the 20th Eurasian Economic Summit that this year is organized under the motto of “Humanity at Crossroads” and he will also address the attendees at the Summit’s presidential session.

Ivanov is attending the Eurasian Economic Summit for the 7th time which since 1998 is organized each year. This year, several current and former statesmen, presidents, prime ministers, ministers, renowned people from the social and political life, NGO sector, the business communities from almost 40 states were announced. An organizer of the Eurasian Economic Summit is the “Marmara” foundation, a group for economic and social research that aims at improving the relations between EU and the countries from Central Asia and Near East.