Zaev did not meet Orbán in Zagreb

Zagreb, 4 December, 2018 - 17:38 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev took part in the Summit of Heads of Government from member states of the Central European Initiative in Zagreb.

He assessed the event as a good opportunity for Macedonia to reiterate its expectations of support from friendly countries, for membership of our country in NATO and the start of negotiations with the EU.

“We have requested the support of member states for the processes in the EU and NATO. Macedonia stands out in a positive light in building friendship, good neighbourly relations, reforms and expectations that through Macedonia enlargement will continue, Zaev said.

Responding to a journalist’s question as to whether he had a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who attended a dinner organized by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic with the present heads of delegations at the Summit, Zaev said that no such thing had taken place.

“At the next opportunity, we will express our expectation for a response to our request for Nikola Gruevski to be extradited because according to international conventions and laws he must serve his sentence in Macedonia,” Zaev said.

When asked by regional media regarding the expectation of Macedonia’s membership in NATO, the prime minister stated that “Macedonia shines in the Balkans”, that reforms and the Prespa Agreement open the way and that Macedonia will be the next and 30th NATO member state.

Orbán: Soros organization behind persecution of Gruevski

Budapest, 23 November, 2018 - 17:56 (META) 

George Soros’ organization is behind the persecution of former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with Radio Koshut.

According to Orbán, it is only normal for Budapest to help the former Macedonian prime minister because he too has helped Hungary defend itself against a surge of migrants.

“This is a former leader of a close country, a country that played a key role in dealing with illegal migration. Without their assistance it would have been a lot more difficult to defend Hungarian borders, a man should treat his allies with honour,” said Orbán, stressing that he and Gruevski were allies.

As he points out, Hungary has been a functioning democracy for 30 years, and this is not the first time it has received important people, but previous cases did not weight as much as Gruevski.

He pointed out that Hungarian authorities will guarantee Gruevski’s security, who, as he said, faced complicated battles in Macedonia.

When asked about Macedonia’s extradition request, Orbán said Hungary would give Gruevski fair treatment, and the government will not interfere with the legal procedures run by the competent bodies.

Hahn: I expect a sound explanation from Orbán regarding Gruevski’s asylum

Brussels, 21 November, 2018 - 13:54 (META) 

Yesterday, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn responded to Hungary’s decision to grant asylum to Nikola Gruevski, after the former prime minister boasted about it on Facebook. Hahn said that if it were true, he expects a sound explanation from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán regarding the grounds of such a decision.

“I take notes of reports about Hungary’s decision to grant political asylum to Nikola Gruevski. If confirmed, I expect a sound explanation of its grounds by Viktor Orbán.


The EU Commissioner explained that he was surprised that Hungary granted asylum to Gruevski and called Macedonia an insecure country, while at the same time supporting the country’s membership in the EU.

“The rule of law remains a fundamental principle for Member States and candidate countries. It is crucial for Europe’s credibility. I am surprised that Hungary supports Macedonia’s EU memberhsip, but does not consider it safe, “Hahn added.



“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.

Orbán: We received Gruevski, but we won’t interfere in Macedonia’s internal affairs

Budapest, 14 November, 2018 - 17:55 (META) 

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has confirmed that former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is in Budapest and that the authorities there are handling his asylum application in accordance with domestic and international law.

“Nikola Gruevski has applied for asylum to the relevant Hungarian authorities. The former Macedonian prime minister has announced his intention to claim refugee status in Hungary,” said the Hungarian prime minister’s office, reports Deutsche Welle.

As to the reason why Gruevski did not end up in a transit center, which is in accordance with Hungarian law, but in Budapest, Orbán’s office claims that security was the reason.

“Given that he was prime minister for more than 10 years and for security reasons, Hungarian authorities allowed Gruevski to claim asylum and be heard at the Immigration and Asylum Office headquarters in Budapest.”

Orbán’s office say that Macedonia is a strategic partner and an important ally to Hungary.

Orbán congratulates Zaev for Agreement with Greece

Budapest, 20 July, 2018 - 19:31 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev received a letter from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán congratulating him on the agreement regarding the Macedonian-Greek name dispute and for reaching a strategic partnership between the two countries, reported the government’s press service.

The letter, which Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán signed on behalf of the Visegrád Four, welcomes the solution that the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece reached regarding the name issue.

“The Hungarian Government continuously, through all forums, advocates for the acceleration of Euro-Atlantic integration of the whole region of the Western Balkans, as well as for the Republic of Macedonia. Hungary has supported the adoption of a resolution of the European Union that enables the start of EU accession negotiations with the Republic of Macedonia”, reads the letter.

Also in the letter, Orbán says that Hungary supports the invitation for membership that Macedonia received from NATO on July 11th.

Orbán will provide “a shelter for the pro-Russian looser Gruevski,” reports Hungarian party

Budapest, 9 November, 2017 - 12:56 (META) 

Not only has Viktor Orbán joined the campaign in of the Russian backed former Prime Minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, but he also wanted to allow him and the rest of the former leadership, refuge in Hungary, which s entirely against the values of the EU itself, and in Hungary as well, said alarmingly Viktor Szigetvári, Chairman of the National Political Council of the “Együtt” party (Together Party) , which is a Hungarian pro-European political party, who has an MP in European Parliament, and in the last local elections in Hungary he won hundreds of council seats throughout the municipalities.

Szigetvári says that in the last few months, Orbán’s government and his party have done everything to resurrect the political career of former Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski.

“This plan, fortunately, did not work, but the Hungarian prime minister and several politicians participated in the campaign in Macedonia. However, Orbán failed to help the disgraced Macedonian politician, who wanted to destabilize the Balkans under Russian influence, and to achieve success in the local elections. Now, Nikola Gruevski, together with the people around him, are looking for friendship and refuge in Hungary, even though his passport was confiscated, due to accusations of corruption. The national interests of the country and its Balkan strategy are contrary, Orbán’s repressive regime would receive pro-Russian politicians in Hungary, along with members of the country’s intelligence sector. It is disturbing that the Hungarian government wants to help a Macedonian politician serving Russian interests and is on the wrong side of the European integration perspective and is against history and his own people”, writes Szigetvári.

Gruevski complained to Orbán and Janša that the government are abusing the election campaign

Ohrid, 28 September, 2017 - 18:51 (META) 

The leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, met with Hungarian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling party, Viktor Orbán, and the President of the Slovenian Democratic Party, Janez Janša, in Ohrid today.

Gruevski informed the leaders of the sister parties about the course of the election campaign for the local elections. He estimated the campaign as having gone through a series of irregularities and abuses by the ruling majority.

“One day since the publication of the list of mayors, there is almost every day criminal charges against one of them. This means that the opponents are aware that they will lose the elections, that they are afraid of it and that is why they are in a panic, they seek salvation by using funds that are not fair and are not regular”, informed Gruevski.

Orbán assessed that Macedonia is an important country for Europe, although it is not a member of the EU, it still plays a key role in the issue of migrants.

Orban: With Macedonia’s EU and NATO membership, it will fill the hole in the Balkans

Budapest, 20 November, 2015 - 20:47 (META) 

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said today in Budapest that Hungary will support Macedonia’s membership in the EU and NATO, which, he said, will fill the gap in the Balkans.

Orban said after meeting with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, that wasn’t announced in Macedonia, said that it in the interest of Hungary, any country in the Balkans had interest, from Greece all the way to his country, to be part of the EU and NATO.

Hungarian Prime Minister said that Hungary stands for a “single economic and security zone and currently there is a gap between Hungary and Greece.”

President Gruevski said that the country have been waiting a several years to join the EU and that it is fully prepared for integration.

Calls for President Ivanov to strip President Orban of his medal

Skopje, 17 September, 2015 - 17:48 (META) 

Users of social networks today wrote individual statuses urging President Gjorge Ivanov to strip the medal “September 8” from Hungarian President Viktor Orban over the violence against refugees and reporters at the Serbian-Hungarian border.

Ivanov’s office said they had no information whether the President was thinking in that direction.

The daily newspaper “Vest” in tomorrow’s edition will call on President Ivanov to Strip the Hungarian President of his medal on its front page.

The Hungarian President in the past few days found himself in the front line of international criticism from politicians worldwide and the public, due to the closure of the borders, the violent use of tear gas and batons against refugees and migrants, and brutality against journalists. Also in the spotlight, the new controversial law which charges refugees and migrants up to a five year prison sentence for illegally crossing the border or vandalism on the fence on the border with Serbia.

Viktor Orban in 2013 was awarded the Order “September 8” as a sign of gratitude for the friendliness Hungary has shown the Republic of Macedonia, and its support of the countries constitutional name.