With the agreement with Russia, to cover its share of the debt of the former USSR through the construction of the Klechovce-Stip pipeline, former Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski and former Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski wrote off the entire debt while Macedonia paid for its gas pipeline alone.

This was the conclusion from the Public Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) in its explanation in their new investigation “Podarok” (Gift), which, together with five others, was launched last week.

According to the investigation, Stavreski, Janakieski, together with Krste Miladinov, the Director of Macedonian Energy Resources (MER) AD Skopje, in the period between January 2012 – July 2014, claimed an illegal property benefit for the Russian company OAO Stroytransgas from Moscow, in the amount of two billion and nine million denars , ie close to 33 million euros. These are the losses in the state budget, state the Public Prosecutor’s Office (SPO).

Stavreski and Janakieski, as representatives of the then Macedonian government, on June 19, 2010, concluded an agreement to repay Russia’s debt to Macedonia in the amount of 60.56 million US dollars through the delivery of goods, works and services. Then they agreed to include all the debt to build the Klechovce-Block Station 5 gas pipeline for a total amount of 75.7 million US dollars, or 55.64 million euros, with Russia participating in 80% of the construction and Macedonia with 20%.

According to the SJO, the ex-ministers made the deal despite a previous feasibility study that deduced it would cost between 30 and 35 million euros for the construction of the Klecovce-Stip pipeline, which is 36 kilometers longer than planned.

Despite having prior knowledge, they concluded the deal on the Russian debt, which made the Russian company a profit of 32.66 million euros due to the unfavorable agreement, and in fact, Macedonia paid for the pipeline alone, says the SPO.